Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Missing pieces edition

It's time for Adam Peters to fill in the missing pieces...

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Commanders draft Ja'Tavion Sanders

  • Tight End | Texas Longhorns
  • No. 67 overall

Logan Thomas was released as expected before free agency. The Washington Commanders signed Zach Ertz - who could be a nice situational asset in the passing game despite his advancing years. Much will depend on how the coaching staff perceives the talent of Cole Turner and Armani Rogers, but adding another explosive weapon to the tight end room is an option worth considering.

According to multiple reports, the Commanders are set to host Ja'Tavion Sanders on a top 30 visit before the draft. The Texas prospect is one of the more dynamic tight ends in this year's class. If he builds on an outstanding college career in the pros, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.

Sanders is an explosive route-runner who must be covered by a cornerback at all times. Linebackers cannot live with his athleticism and ability to stretch the field. He's got proven production at all three levels of the field and makes contested catches look almost effortless. He's also a substantial red-zone threat to further enhance his influence.

Getting him involved in the passing game specifically would be the best way to go in this scenario. He is a great blocker at the second level, but this discipline leaves a lot to be desired at the line of scrimmage. That said, giving Kliff Kingsbury and Washington's new quarterback a weapon such as this comes with untold benefits attached.