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

The Commanders have a bevvy of draft picks to utilize.

Troy Franklin
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Commanders draft Troy Franklin

  • Wide Receiver | Oregon Ducks
  • No. 38 overall

If the Washington Commanders decide to move forward with Sam Howell as their starting quarterback in 2024, adding some weapons around the signal-caller should be considered. This bears more significance at the wide receiver position, which has gone through some complications in 2023 despite the gunslinger airing it out almost constantly.

Terry McLaurin remains productive despite being a frustrated figure at times. Jahan Dotson's been up and down, Curtis Samuel is out of contract next spring, and Dyami Brown doesn't look like he'll ever reach his pre-draft billing thanks to another underwhelming campaign up to now.

Finding another potential difference-maker at the skill positions would aid Howell tremendously. While there's a chance he could go a lot higher, Troy Franklin would be a tough propostion to turn down in this scenario.

Franklin has blazed a trail for the high-octane Oregon Ducks offense led by quaterback Bo Nix this season. His elite route running and ability to create separation have been evident throughout, which is reflected in the player's 77 receptions for 1,349 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

There's no doubt Franklin is a big play waiting to happen. He might be a little undersized weight-wise compared to some successful wideouts around the league, but that's becoming less relevant when one looks at how the likes of DeVonta Smith are thriving.