Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Decision time edition

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Commanders draft Sataoa Laumea

  • Offensive Line | Utah Utes
  • Round No. 7 | No. 222 overall

As previously mentioned, this is an outstanding draft class for offensive linemen. The Washington Commanders found their starting left tackle in this scenario by trading up to acquire Olu Fashanu. They could use one of their selections lower down the order to bolster depth if those in power feel like it's the right thing to do.

Double-dipping at the wide receiver spot is another option to consider, but the offensive line became a constant source of frustration under previous head coach Ron Rivera. Adam Peters cannot make the same mistakes.

It might be worth taking a flier on Sataoa Laumea with their final selection. The Utah prospect spent his college career as an offensive tackle, but he does look a little undersized to occupy the same responsibilities once he gets to the pros. Switching him to the interior could be worth its weight in gold if the prospect is allowed to develop at his own pace.

Laumea is an absolute mauler in the run game. He plays with a nasty streak that's hard not to love. This is matched by core functional strength and heavy hands that can cause havoc once early momentum is generated.

As is typically the case with late-round prospects, there are potential concerns that must be addressed. Laumea's hand placement can be inconsistent. He tends to lung into his blocks rather than jump into his stance effectively. The player's lack of size and length would make him a weak link if given an edge role, especially against quicker pass-rushers.

It's a risk worth taking and the Commanders aren't giving up much to find out if there is some untapped potential attached. If Peters walked out of his first draft as general manager with this haul, it would be a solid draft and raise further optimism for the future.