Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Post-combine questions edition

The Commanders have some big draft decisions to make...
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Commanders draft Brandon Coleman

  • Offensive Line | TCU Horned Frogs
  • No. 101 overall

Releasing Nick Gates means the Washington Commanders are also on the lookout for interior offensive line additions this offseason. Band-aid fixes and a failure to form a concise plan for stability along the protection proved to be Ron Rivera's demise. This is a mistake general manager Adam Peers cannot make, especially if he goes with a rookie quarterback at No. 2 overall as expected.

The Commanders have to get more athletic across the line. They need players capable of coping with increased power and explosiveness from defensive lines around the league. Fortunately for those in power, this is an exceptionally deep draft class that Washington should investigate thoroughly.

Brandon Coleman was another to turn in an outstanding performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. His athleticism is elite, which is matched by a wide base and strong core that makes him incredibly difficult to shift off the block.

Coleman packs a strong punch that can overwhelm opposing defensive linemen if they aren't ready. His hand placement is sufficient and there is a nastiness to his game that stands out when watching his college production at TCU.

There is some work ahead for Coleman. He needs to improve his ability to counter. There needs to be more fluidity in his hips when coming up against elite-level NFL performers who'll punish every lapse in concentration. That said, he's well worth a risk here.