Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Making moves edition

Things get interesting in this latest mock draft...

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Commanders draft Javon Foster

  • Offensive Tackle | Missouri Tigers
  • Round No. 5 | No. 152 overall

With any rebuilding team, finding talent in the later rounds to develop long-term gives them the benefit of quality depth down the road or potentially even starting ability. This applies to the Washington Commanders, who need to find a diamond in the rough along their offensive line from an exceptionally deep class in 2024.

Having offensive line depth is critical for any team. In this case, the Commanders land a player that provides them just that. Someone who could potentially develop into a potential starter with patience.

Javon Foster has the tools, power, and overall athletic ability that could intrigue general manager Adam Peters. The Commanders also have a desperate need for a long-term left tackle despite re-signing Cornelius Lucas to a one-year deal. Asking the Missouri prospect to assume blindside responsibilities immediately is a stretch, but the potential is there to start with the correct early development.

The former three-star high school recruit offers physicality in all facets of his game and flashes the ability to be a force in the run game. While Foster has plenty of flaws and inconsistencies from a technical aspect, he brings plenty of appeal as a developmental offensive tackle who can provide Washington with a dependable backup option.

Depending on what unfolds in free agency before this, don't be surprised if the Commanders identify a left tackle much sooner. Perhaps even in the trade-up scenario pointed out earlier.