Which way could the Washington Commanders go with their 2024 NFL Draft selections as big changes loom on the immediate horizon?
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the Washington Commanders are heading for a complete reset. The team is languishing at 4-8 following their Thanksgiving Day thumping at the Dallas Cowboys, which saw the normally loyal Ron Rivera fire defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in the hope of salvaging some semblance of respectability from the campaign.
Easier said than done with a playing staff lacking confidence and effort. But it was the only realistic card Rivera had left to play.
The Commanders are likely to move on from Rivera and perhaps even general manager Martin Mayhew in 2024 according to multiple reports from respected insiders. This is something Josh Harris' ownership group has been planning for, with recent moves suggesting they want to make this franchise a coveted destination when the hiring cycle begins.
After trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the deadline, Washington is rich in draft assets. They also have an abundance of salary cap space to strengthen the ranks, so the foundations are being laid for a brighter future once the inevitable is confirmed with Rivera.
One of the biggest criticisms where Rivera is concerned centers on the draft. It's been a mixed bag when it comes to selecting difference-makers from the college ranks, which also came with failing to identify problem positions with the urgency needed.
Using the Pro Football Network simulator, we took a look at how the Commanders could use their upcoming picks in our latest seven-round mock draft.