Commanders 3-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Problem-solving edition

The Commanders have a few problems to solve during the 2024 NFL Draft.
Marshawn Kneeland
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Commanders draft Marshawn Kneeland

  • Defensive End | Western Michigan Broncos
  • Round No. 3 | No. 67 overall

It’s hard not to come away impressed with how the Washington Commanders built their defensive front through free agency. The additions of defensive ends Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr., and Clelin Ferrell represent an immediate upgrade on anything they had previously. However, the bar wasn't exactly high after those in power traded Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the 2023 deadline.

There's also the presence of Frankie Luvu to consider. Although listed as a linebacker, the former Carolina Panthers star can also be deployed as a situational edge rusher when the situation dictates. These notable additions make Washington a much better pass-rushing unit than a season ago. 

However, I believe they could benefit from adding more juice and overall youth to the room. Ferrell is no sure thing and Fowler cannot be seen as anything other than a veteran rotational piece at this stage of his career. The Commanders also have a wealth of selections to find high-upside individuals who can assist immediately or over time.

One of the more underrated pass rushers in the middle of Day 2 is Western Michigan’s Marshawn Kneeland.

At 6-foot-3 and 267 pounds, Kneeland brings sufficient power and leveraging skills that make him an immediate impact rusher. His nine career sacks don’t display the full story as the redshirt senior displays the ability to consistently pressure the quarterback. Some of his best work also doesn't show up in the state sheet, which won't go unnoticed by NFL scouts.

Kneeland also has some alignment versatility, making him a potential situational pass rusher in NASCAR packages - four down defensive ends and no defensive tackles. His hot motor and pass-rush skill set make him a potential starter down the line. Working alongside an accomplished coach such as Dan Quinn should assist his development greatly.

With further development, the former second-team All-MAC pass rusher could be a starter on Quinn’s defense.