Commanders 3-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Foundation building edition

The Commanders are in a good spot heading into the 2024 NFL Draft.
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Commanders draft Jordan Morgan

  • Offensive Tackle | Arizona Wildcats
  • Round No. 2 | No. 36 overall

Once the Washington Commanders choose their new franchise quarterback at No. 2 overall, attention quickly turns to the protection. Specifically, finding a cornerstone left tackle to provide blindside assistance for the next decade or more.

Charles Leno Jr. was released as part of cost-cutting measures before hip surgery. The Commanders did little to fortify the offensive tackle position aside from re-signing swing presence Cornelius Lucas to a one-year deal. This is the biggest sign yet that Adam Peters is looking toward an outstanding crop of edge protectors emerging from the college ranks for long-term assistance.

Much will depend on how the board plays out in front of them. One couldn't dismiss the possibility of Washington trading back into the first round to enhance their chances of securing a preferred target. If they opt to wait until early on Day 2, there should be a few decent options to consider.

Jordan Morgan is projected to be taken late on Day 1 or soon after at the start of Round No. 2. He's a fluid mover with the right blend of size and length, making him a supreme force in pass protection that came across consistently in college.

The Arizona prospect is a high-energy athlete with outstanding explosiveness to the contact point. Morgan has the functional strength to avoid losing leverage and is flexible enough to counteract pass-rushing moves with relative comfort.

There are some concerns about arm length, but that shouldn't factor too much into his evaluations when one considers the exceptional physical gifts at the player's disposal.