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

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Ladd McConkey
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Commanders draft Ladd McConkey

  • Wide Receiver | Georgia Bulldogs
  • Round No. 2 | No. 40 overall

Much has been made about how deep this wide receiver draft class could become. Looking at the Washington Commanders' lack of urgency to strengthen their wideout options in free agency, all signs point to Adam Peters taking a gifted prospect relatively early in the process.

Some fans are looking for Peters to find a big-bodied receiver to complement what Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson offer. However, perhaps more important for a rookie signal-caller is having players available in the passing game who can create separation consistently.

Ladd McConkey is an option to consider in that regard. His route-running is nothing short of astonishing. The Georgia prospect is explosive out of his cuts and knows how to manipulate leverage at all three levels of the field. This is matched by elite-level ball skills and surprising top-end speed once he gets into open space.

There are very few flaws in McConkey's game, which looks easily transferable from college to the pros. He's got the potential to be an immediate impact contributor. Whether the Commanders get the chance to acquire him at No. 40 overall remains to be seen.

McConkey is projected to go somewhere early on Day 2 or late in the first round. It'll be a waiting game for the Commanders in this scenario, but the benefits of drafting such a well-rounded wideout are glaring.