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 Zak Zinter

  • Offensive Line | Michigan Wolverines
  • No. 96 overall

Can you sense a theme here?

Sam Howell is doing well with almost no consistent production from his offensive line. There are countless examples of the protection fluffing their lines in key moments, so one could make a strong case for the signal-caller deserving a shot with better players in front of him and a new coaching staff - hopefully with a background on offense - in 2024.

One thing the Commanders need to do well when the time comes for change is to find front-office personnel capable of unearthing gems from lower down the draft. Ron Rivera had some success in this area, but last year's class leaves a lot to be desired despite fifth-rounder K.J. Henry flashing over the final few weeks.

Zak Zinter looks to have the physical profile needed to add a little fire to the offensive line interior. He is a brute force in the guard position with a ruthless streak that jumps out on film.

Zinter is a mauler in the run game, which is his biggest strength right now. There are some technical aspects of his pass protection that need refinement, but the Michigan prospect copes well with imposing rushers and boasts the footwork flashes to build upon.

In this scenario, solidifying the offensive line with Zinter, Sedrick Van Pran, and Olumuyiwa Fashanu gives the Commanders three core building blocks for the future. Something that should assist Howell greatly.