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

Could the Commanders make a bold draft move?

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Commanders draft Jaheim Bell

  • Tight End | Florida State Seminoles
  • Round No. 5 | No. 139 overall

The Washington Commanders released veteran tight end Logan Thomas and replaced him with Zach Ertz. This was a gamble, but one that probably came thanks to a recommendation from offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

Ertz and Kingsbury developed a strong working relationship from their time together with the Arizona Cardinals. He's no spring chicken at 33 years old, but there is hope he can transition smoothly and provide dependability in the passing game for Washington's new quarterback to depend upon.

Much will depend on what those in power think of Armani Roger and Cole Turner, but the Commanders could also acquire a pass-catching developmental tight-end prospect from the draft. In this scenario, they could sit behind Ertz and perhaps even make an immediate contribution on a rotational basis.

Jaheim Bell has the athletic profile to become a mismatch nightmare if everything comes together. His quickness comes with untapped potential attached, although there is a significant amount of work ahead for whatever team brings him into the fold.

While Bell is a smooth route-runner, concentration when catching the football under pressure must be addressed as a matter of urgency. One could make a case for his production being underwhelming considering the traits. Unlocking his true potential will be challenging, but the upside is remarkable if the Commanders can pull it off.