5 UDFAs that could surge into roster spots at Commanders' 2024 camp

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David Nwaogwugwu - Commanders OT

After stints with Temple and Rutgers, David Nwaogwugwu transferred to Toledo in 2023. He started all 14 games for the Rockets and made the most out of his final campaign at the college level.

During his time at Toledo, the gifted edge protector was part of an offensive line that ranked fourth in sacks allowed and eighth in rushing offense in the nation. They were also first in offensive scoring, total offense, and passing efficiency in the Mid-American Conference. That was thanks in no small part to Nwaogwugwu's outstanding consistency throughout the season.

Nwaogwugwu only allowed 29 pressures, two quarterback hits, and one sack. There were notable improvements in pass protection, but it wasn't enough to hear his name called during the 2024 NFL Draft.

The offensive tackle displayed versatility. Nwaogwugwu lined up at both guard and tackle in 2023. His frame is a concern, as he only weighed in at 6-foot-4 and 293 pounds at Toledo’s pro day. The Washington Commanders' coaching staff will be pushing him to bulk up to help his chances of earning a roster spot.

He is listed on the depth chart at right tackle. However, I could also see him playing guard instead due to his frame. Nwaogwugwu should ideally get to 305 pounds or heavier to cope with the punishment coming his way in the pros.

Nwaogwugwu received an elite explosion grade and a good speed grade according to the Relative Athletic Score system following his pre-draft assessments. He posted a 5.22-second 40-yard dash time with a 1.81-second 10-yard split. The prospect also showed an impressive 32.5-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. 

If he can bulk up, his athleticism might just earn him a roster spot on the Commanders’ thin offensive line. This bears more significance when one considers the lack of genuine edge depth and questions about who'll be starting at left tackle in Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.