Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: New beginnings edition

The Commanders have a lot of draft questions to answer.

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Commanders draft Cam Hart

  • Cornerback | Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Round 4 | No. 102 overall

After investing heavily in their secondary last offseason, the Washington Commanders couldn't muster the improvements needed. It's way too early to give up on first-rounder Emmanuel Forbes. However, the need for reinforcements could increase depending on the futures of Kendall Fuller and Kamren Curl.

The Commanders should look to keep both around in some capacity. That will be easier to do with Curl given the fact Fuller might want to take his chances on a contender. Retaining two high-level performers would be a significant statement of intent from Adam Peters.

Even if Curl and Fuller are extended, the Commanders need another physically imposing cornerback capable of providing assured coverage in key moments. Cam Hart was seen as a sleeper by many heading into the 2024 Senior Bowl. After a standout week in Mobile, that's not the case anymore.

Hart is big, fast, strong, and has enough length to keep opposing wide receivers at bay. He's sound enough in press coverage to knock players off their routes. The Notre Dame prospect is a willing tackler and can help against the run.

Becoming more effective going downfield would be beneficial from Hart's perspective. But if the Commanders convince Fuller to remain on board and the likes of Forbes and Benjamin St-Juste improve under Dan Quinn, it would allow the incoming college prospect to develop at his own pace.