Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Aggressive trade edition

Could the Commanders make a bold draft move?
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Commanders draft Amarius Mims

  • Offensive Tackle | Georgia Bulldogs
  • Round No. 1 | No. 20 overall

After the Washington Commanders secure what will hopefully be their franchise quarterback for years to come, those in power must quickly turn their attention to the left tackle position. Charles Leno Jr. was released as part of expected cost-cutting measures, but nothing has been done to rectify the blindside in free agency aside from re-signing swing tackle Cornelius Lucas.

This is something Adam Peters can resolve during the draft. It's one of the deepest offensive line classes in recent memory with exceptional performers at the top end. Much will depend on how things play out as the process unfolds, but the front-office leader should be taking a keen interest.

In this scenario, the Commanders strike a trade deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers for No. 20 overall. This cost them the No. 36 pick, the No. 100 selection acquired when Chase Young went to the San Francisco 49ers, and the team's second-rounder next year. But if this gets them a cornerstone left tackle, it's a small price to pay.

There's a chance Amarius Mims goes higher than No. 20 given his imposing physical attributes. His size, length, and athleticism are absolutely off the charts, making him an elite pass protector with enough core functional strength to become an asset on running-downs for good measure.

If some technical kinks are worked out throughout Washington's preparation period, Mims has the scope to be a Day 1 starter with decade-long upside. Something that would be music to their new quarterback's ears.