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

Could the Commanders make a bold draft move?

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Commanders draft Jeremiah Trotter Jr.

  • Linebacker | Clemson Tigers
  • Round No. 3 | No. 78 overall

Once these four primary needs have been addressed, Adam Peters should have the luxury of selecting the best prospects available on his board. This is a far cry from the pressure Ron Rivera put on himself - especially last season - something that has the scope to improve the team's depth and perhaps find some rough diamonds along the way.

The Washington Commanders wasted no time in solidifying their linebacking corps in free agency. Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner are immediate upgrades who could thrive within Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr.'s scheme. Special teams ace Anthony Pittman could also flourish as a backup piece if he imposes himself right out of the gate.

That said, it might be worth bringing in another option from the college ranks if the opportunity presents itself. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. looks like a high-value selection at this juncture who's gone relatively under the radar despite some outstanding tape accumulated at Clemson.

The Trotter family is no stranger to Washington. His father was an All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler throughout a glittering career - two of those years he spent in DC. Looking at his son's production, it's clear the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Drafting Trotter as a primary rotational piece to potentially start him over time is a possibility. Learning from the likes of Wagner and Luvu is only going to help his cause if the Commanders went down this route.