7 potential NFL Draft heists the Commanders can make in 2024

Could the Commanders ull off some NFL Draft heists?
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Commanders could trade into Round No. 1

Adam Peters should be ready for anything after the Washington Commanders select what will hopefully become their franchise quarterback at No.2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. They have five other picks in the top 100, so expect the general manager to be aggressive in pursuit of putting the right pieces in place.

Speculation is rampant about the Commanders potentially moving back into the first round to land a franchise left tackle. This is arguably the biggest need after securing a quarterback. The deal needs to be correct, but Peters could strike if a prospect high on their board is there for the taking.

The Commanders released Charles Leno Jr. and did nothing to fortify their blindside in free agency. Peters said that he'd be happy going into the campaign with Cornelius Lucas and Trent Scott as his options on the left, but that comes with significant risk attached and cannot be his desired path.

Much will depend on how the board plays out in front of them, but the Commanders cannot sit on their hands if there is a run on offensive tackle prospects at some stage. More importantly, they have enough capital to work out a trade without jeopardizing the team's future assets too much.

Commanders could draft Myles Harden

  • Cornerback | South Dakota Coyotes

After letting Kendall Fuller walk in favor of the Miami Dolphins in free agency, the Washington Commanders could use another cornerback with the scope to help at some stage during the 2024 campaign and beyond. Michael Davis provides short-term relief, but the others signed appear more suited to backup roles and special teams positions rather than on the starting rotation.

This could be something the Commanders address with their high-end selections. If Adam Peters decides to wait until a little further down the order, Myles Harden is worth a look.

Harden boasts the sort of size and length normally associated with NFL cornerbacks. He's not the quickest, but the South Dakota prospect anticipates routes extremely well and is also adept at getting opposing wide receivers off their routes in press coverage. If utilized correctly, this could compensate for the lack of top-end speed that can be a liability downfield.

The Coyotes exposed Harden too much, leaving him susceptible to conceding big gains. Washington's coaching staff is far more accomplished, so there could be a role to play right out of the gate if the Commanders ended up bringing him in at some stage on Day 3.