Best and worst case scenarios for the Commanders 2024 draft picks

Life is all about expectations...
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Jordan Magee - Commanders LB

Best-case scenario

A best-case scenario for new Washington Commanders linebacker Jordan Magee is Bobby Wagner taking him under his wing. Defensive coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. employs more 3-4 schematic concepts and the first-year pro logs a lot of snaps playing next to the future Pro Football Hall of Famer.

In this scenario, Magee finishing his rookie campaign with 60 tackles would be classed as a significant achievement.

Worst-case scenario

Magee makes the roster but plays almost entirely on special teams. Wagner steals his lunch money.

Luke McCaffrey - Commanders WR

Best-case scenario

Luke McCaffrey - like six of the Commanders' draftees this year - went in the third round or earlier. When you go that high, the expectations are also bigger than most.

Though those may be slightly tempered by his relative inexperience at receiver, but McCaffrey should step into the No. 3 receiver spot by the beginning of the 2024 season. Ideally, he becomes a big play threat, taking advantage of the attention defenses will pay to Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Austin Ekeler, and the tight ends.

The catch total may remain low, but his yards-per-catch and touchdowns should be high. A best-case scenario would be around 15 yards per reception and five touchdowns.

Worst-case scenario

McCaffrey's still-developing technique drops him down the depth chart below veterans Olamide Zaccheaus, Jamison Crowder, and Dyami Brown. He makes the roster but logs fewer than 100 snaps on offense.

Brandon Coleman - Commanders OT

Best-case scenario

Brandon Coleman wins the starting left tackle job in training camp. He plays more than 1,000 snaps on offense, with combined penalties and sacks allowed remaining in the single digits. That would be a dream come true for the Commanders, who need stability on the blindside after releasing veteran Charles Leno Jr.

Worst-case scenario

Coleman, like so many before him, can’t play on the edge and gets shifted inside to guard. He remains a backup all season and commits a devastating false start on a late-game field goal attempt in November.