Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Moving up edition

The Commanders have a bevvy of draft picks to utilize.

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Commanders draft Jamon Dumas-Johnson

  • Linebacker | Georgia Bulldogs
  • No. 197 overall

The Washington Commanders are in desperate need of help at the linebacker position. It wouldn't be a shock to see them identify this need much higher up the draft order, but we'll work on the premise those in power will find a prolific veteran or two to go alongside Jamin Davis, who'll likely be in a contract year.

Cody Barton won't be back. It's unlikely Khaleke Hudson will either with a coaching staff that has no emotional attachment to him whatsoever.

In addition to confirmed starters, the Commanders also require a genuine development project that could emerge into a starter over time. Jamon Dumas-Johnson is a hard-hitting interior presence currently thriving with the Georgia Bulldogs, so the pedigree is there to build off once he arrives in the pros.

Dumas-Johnson excels against the run and has the strength to plow through blocks when the situation dictates. He's not the quickest, but he identifies running lanes well and boasts enough pursuit quickness to get to the point of attack quickly.

He'll need to bulk up once he gets to the next level. Dumas-Johnson isn't the biggest and won't offer much from a pass-rushing perspective, but there are some intriguing elements to his game that warrant further examination at this stage of the draft.