7 wide receiver prospects the Commanders could draft in 2024

The Commanders need help at the wide receiver position.
Ladd McConkey
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Commanders could draft Ladd McConkey

One of the most important things for a young quarterback transitioning from college to the pros is having playmakers who can get open. One only has to look at how No. 1 pick Bryce Young fared with the Carolina Panthers last season to see what complications could emerge without the right talent. This is a mistake the Washington Commanders cannot afford to make.

If the Commanders want to bring in another exceptional route-runner or two, then Ladd McConkey enters the discussion. The Georgia prospect creates separation through explosive cuts and outstanding body manipulation. This is matched by superb ball skills and a high football IQ - traits every productive wide receiver needs at the next level.

McConkey isn't just a slot option. He's got the speed needed to become a dynamic outside threat in the right fit and is elusive enough to gain significant yards after the catch. If he's still around early on Day 2, it's something the Commanders need to think long and hard about.

Commanders could draft Xavier Legette

If the Commanders want to find a more physically imposing wide receiver to complement what Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson bring to the table, there are several intriguing options to ponder during the 2024 NFL Draft. One prospect gaining more momentum than most is Xavier Legette, who's entered second-round consideration following a breakout campaign and exceptional pre-draft evaluation process.

After an anonymous first four years at South Carolina, Legette announced himself to the college football world in 2023. His size, explosiveness, and body control made him a nightmare to cover. What the Commanders and others around the league need to determine is whether this was a flash in the pan or the start of something special.

Legette is a tough evaluation when one examines his full body of work. But good NFL teams always draft prospects based on what they can potentially become rather than their college production.