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

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Commanders draft Christian Mahogany

  • Offensive Line | Boston College Eagles
  • Round No. 3 | No. 100 overall

Although the Washington Commanders fortified their offensive line interior in free agency, no team can ever have enough capable depth. This is something Ron Rivera failed to realize, valuing position versatility too highly and not giving his protection the respect it deserved. It seems like Adam Peters is looking to rectify that as a matter of urgency.

Despite the free-agent additions, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Commanders take another interior presence at some stage during the draft. Someone like Christian Mahogany ticks the boxes and then some at this stage of the draft.

Mahogany is a physically dominant presence in running plays. He's got a nasty streak that's hard not to love, but harnesses this in a controlled manner with supreme discipline and on-field awareness. The Boston College prospect also has notable athleticism, especially when it comes to being used on pulls.

While there is some refinement needed in terms of footwork and pass-blocking technique, Mahogany can be an intriguing development project with the scope to start quicker than some anticipate once he takes on coaching.

Commanders draft Javon Solomon

  • Edge Rusher | Troy Trojans
  • Round No. 5 | No. 139 overall

Although the Commanders added plenty of veteran pass-rushers during free agency, that shouldn't prevent Adam Peters from identifying another option with upside attached from the college ranks during the 2024 NFL Draft. Hopes are high that K.J. Henry can flourish further under better coaches after flashing as a rookie, but another insurance policy wouldn't be the worst idea in the world.

This might not be the pressing need it was after the Commanders traded Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the 2023 deadline, but Javon Solomon would be a hard proposition to turn down in this scenario. He's a little undersized for an NFL defensive end, but his athleticism and versatility are something Dan Quinn's had success with previously.

Solomon's explosiveness to the contact point is extraordinary. The Troy prospect boasts a wide range of pass-rushing moves and has three seasons of outstanding college production under his belt. This is matched by instinctive capabilities against the run and eye-catching growth in shedding blocks with superb hand placement.

The player can become overwhelmed at the line of scrimmage, which is a concern. However, his physical intangibles could be an asset within Quinn's expansive system.