Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Defining moment edition

The defining moment is almost upon us.
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Adam Peters has made a huge impression during his brief time as Washington Commanders' general manager. The front-office leader sent wisely in free agency and didn't jeopardize the team's long-term financial outlook in free agency. Now, the time has come for what could end up being his defining moment in the role.

Peters is in the final stages of planning before his first draft at the helm. The Commanders are loaded with high-end selections to give their roster revamp another huge shot in the arm. Maximizing every resource available and taking advantage of board manipulation opportunities when they arise is paramount.

Washington has set itself up well. There's been a complete shift in the football operation since Peters took the reins. This centers on a collaborative, professional approach with very few - if any - leaks coming from the organization. Although positive, it's been frustrating from a media standpoint and only raised speculation further.

Of course, much of the hype surrounds what the Commanders are going to do at No. 2 overall. The short and long-term future of the franchise depends on picking the quarterback capable of spearheading their exciting new era. That will set things up perfectly for Peters to build around a rookie contract en route potentially turning Washington into a perennial Super Bowl challenger.

Getting their remaining eight selections (mostly) right is another big step in the process. No team ever hits on every draft pick, but Peters must increase the percentage after so many failed college acquisitions during Ron Rivera's four years at the helm.

This is going to be a fascinating event for everyone associated with the Commanders. There's a quiet sense of confidence among the fans thanks to the improved decision-makers present in the front office. But there are needs to fill and positions to strengthen from a depth perspective if Washington wants to stand any chance of making a go of things within a competitive NFC East.

Using the Pro Football Network simulator, we took a look at how the Commanders might approach a defining selection process in our latest seven-round mock draft.