Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Final countdown edition

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Commanders draft Roger Rosengarten

  • Offensive Tackle | Washington Huskies
  • Round No. 2 | No. 36 overall

There is a misconception that Roger Rosengarten had a horrible game in the national championship against Michigan’s terrific defense. I don’t believe that to be true based on my film evaluation. The former Washington Huskies right tackle had a rock-solid game that looked rough due to Michael Penix Jr.’s inconsistencies in maneuvering the pocket and attempting to make plays on the move. 

Rosengarten is an offensive tackle prospect I’m higher on than the consensus. His near-elite movement skills, mirroring ability, and football intelligence make him a potential starter at right tackle - or left tackle - in zone-blocking schemes. With Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's schematic concepts, the fit makes a ton of sense.

The former four-star high school recruit must add lower-body mass and overall core strength to provide a more consistent anchor and knee bend in pass protection. The building blocks, however, are there for Rosengarten to improve and become an even stronger player in the trenches.

For the Commanders, it's about building your franchise for the future. This selection would signal that exact mindset.

Commanders draft Roman Wilson

  • Wide Receiver | Michigan Wolverines
  • Round No. 2 | No. 40 overall

This may come as a surprise for Commanders fans. But in a draft with a historically deep group of wide receiver prospects, I expect this team to get involved in the fun. Plus, it would be good to have three explosive playmakers on the roster for Drake Maye to utilize in this scenario.

Roman Wilson shows the growth potential to be a high-level slot receiver in the NFL while offering the dynamic athleticism to win at all three levels of the field. He struggles with consistency issues at the line of scrimmage due to his smaller 5-foot-10, 186-pound frame. This could keep him from being a consistent winner on the outside at the next level.

However, in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, Wilson will be moved around a lot to attack different defensive weaknesses. His route-running ability, ball-tracking skills, and athleticism make him one of the most underrated receiver prospects in the draft.

Wilson can be deployed immediately as a No. 3 receiver in Trio or Trips 3-by-1 formations, as an off-ball Z-movement receiver that can be motioned for run-after-catch opportunities, or the true slot in Trey formations. Either way, the Commanders would be getting a playmaker for the offense to pair with Maye, Jahan Dotson, and Terry McLaurin.