Commanders 3-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Smoke and mirrors edition

It's smoke and mirrors season...

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Commanders select Tyler Nubin

  • Safety | Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Round No. 2 | No. 40 overall

When looking at the Washington Commanders' secondary, this is a unit that is in desperate need of true safety help. Don't expect free-agent signing Jeremy Chinn to play much on the backend this upcoming season. He's got the scope to be a box safety with the potential to come onto the defensive second level on 3-4 packages within Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr.'s creative scheme.

Contrary to popular belief, the safety position is still valuable. This bears more significance in today’s league where defenses are playing for two-high looks. This is why Tyler Nubin provides terrific value as the first player at the position off the board in this mock draft scenario.

Nubin is a former four-star high school recruit who has been a key contributor for the Minnesota Golden Gophers over the last few seasons during his five-year stint in the Upper Midwest. He has tallied terrific ball production with 11 passes defended and 13 interceptions during his collegiate career.

He will not be the best athlete on the field, and that's okay. Nubin wins with terrific football intelligence and being in the right place at the right time. He’s disciplined in coverage and against the run, which is an integral anchor every successful defense is looking for.

Commanders fans would enjoy the presence of Nubin in their secondary if selected at either No. 36 or No. 40 overall.