Commanders 4-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Embarrassment of riches edition

The Commanders are blessed with a plethora of high-end draft selections in 2024.
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Commanders draft Jackson Powers-Johnson

  • Center | Oregon Ducks
  • Round No. 2 | No. 36 overall

If the Washington Commanders select a quarterback at No. 2 overall as expected, Adam Peters' next order of business will be fixing the offensive line. This was a unit that didn't get nearly enough attention from previous head coach Ron Rivera. Sam Howell was the league's most sacked signal-caller in 2023 as a result.

Only Sam Cosmi should be considered as a building block for the future. The Commanders must find a veteran or two capable of solidifying their protection in free agency. They should also identify some talented prospects from the college ranks who can assist immediately.

Things turned sour at the center position last season. Chase Roullier was released and subsequently retired. Nick Gates fluffed his lines. Tyler Larsen struggled. The Commanders didn't have enough faith in third-rounder Rick Stromberg to make him a permanent feature.

Pairing a first-year quarterback with a rookie center might be worth considering. If Jackson Powers-Johnson is still around at this stage, the Commanders would be wise to consider the possibility.

Power-Johnson is a fluid mover and exceptional pre-snap communicator. The Oregon prospect excels in pass protection thanks to his unique blend of fluidity and athleticism. Something he displayed to full effect during an outstanding Senior Bowl week.

That's not to say Powers-Johnson isn't an asset on running-downs, either. There are very few holes in the player's game. If some technical aspects are worked out, this is a Day 1 starter and a potential cornerstone piece for the Commanders to build around.