Commanders draft Troy Fautanu
- Offensive Line | Washington Huskies
- No. 36 overall
If the Washington Commanders select a quarterback as expected with the No. 2 pick, then it's obvious what the next order of business must be. They have to fortify the offensive line. This is another extremely high priority for new front office supremo Adam Peters in the coming months.
The Commanders could identify some immediate contributors during free agency. Only Sam Cosmi is guaranteed his starting spot in 2024 all things considered. Therefore, Peters might find the right blend of youth and experience in this critical area of on-field production.
This is the only way someone like Drake Maye is going to thrive immediately. What's made C.J. Stroud so successful as a rookie is the schematic concepts deployed by Bobby Slowik and having an offensive line capable of providing the signal-caller with enough time in the pocket to make smart choices. Something that Sam Howell didn't have the benefit of during his one and perhaps only season as the Commanders starter.
Troy Fautanu is a fascinating prospect and well worth a look at this stage. There's a chance the offensive lineman could go much higher. There are also questions surfacing about where he's best suited at the next level after spending his college career at Washington on the edge.
Fautanu is fast, athletic, strong, and technically sound. Some slight footwork issues must be resolved, but this is a Day 1 starter on the interior to put alongside Cosmi at the guard position.