Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Free agency clues edition

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Commanders select LaDarius Henderson

  • Offensive Tackle | Michigan Wolverines
  • Round No. 6 | No. 179 overall

Teams must begin to add more quality depth to their offensive lines. Over the years, that has become a premium and the Washington Commanders must follow suit if they want to maintain continuity up front when it comes to protecting the future of the franchise.

Thankfully, the Commanders are in for a treat this draft cycle. The offensive line group overall bolsters sufficient talent on Day 3 which could allow fans to breathe better on Sundays. After Adam Peters released starting left tackle Charles Leno Jr., it would be wise to double-dip on the edge in pursuit of increasing competition and competitiveness across the depth chart.

LaDarius Henderson is a former Arizona State transfer-turned-national-champion at Michigan. At 6-foot-4 and 309 pounds, he has a great frame and adequate length that allows him inside-out versatility along the offensive line. He plays with good leverage in the run game with a powerful upper body that bolds well in both phases.

While the chance of Henderson starting right away is remote, this could be a nice development piece and depth chart asset as the prospect improves problem areas of his game. There is enough athleticism and functional strength to suggest this could be an intriguing option for Peters with the Commanders' penultimate pick.