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 Brandon Dorlus

  • Defensive Line/Edge Rusher | Oregon Ducks
  • Round No. 3 | No. 100 overall

It's been an impressive start to defensive recruitment for the Washington Commanders this offseason. But more is needed along the front looking at how things stand currently.

Trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat was a necessary evil to bolster draft assets and ensure financial flexibility. Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr., and Clelin Ferrell should help, but the Commanders shouldn't ignore the opportunity to bring in another option if the situation presents itself at some stage during the 2024 NFL Draft.

Brandon Dorlus comes into the NFL with more intrigue than most at this stage of the selection process. The Oregon prospect's athleticism is absolutely off the charts for a man his size, with his brute strength making him an asset as a three-technique on the interior or coming off the edge.

Dorlus is a compact prospect with eye-popping explosiveness to the contact point. His pass-rushing arsenal has improved throughout a profitable college career, with his speed-to-power move and ability to set the edge on running plays also coming in for significant praise.

Once Dorlus adds more discipline and makes better use of the superb closing speed at his disposal, he should be able to carve out a successful pro career. In this scenario, the Commanders have enough veteran pieces to allow the rookie time to develop at his own pace as part of the defensive line rotation.