Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Pre-combine edition

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Amarius Mims. 36. 527. Offensive Tackle. amariusmims. Georgia Bulldogs. player. . . Amarius Mims

Commanders draft Amarius Mims

This opportunity was too tempting. The Washington Commanders are in desperate need of reinforcements along the offensive line. Amarius Mims is seen by many as a first-round lock. When he fell in this simulator, I shifted course accordingly.

The Commanders could use an injection of energy and standards at the offensive tackle positions. Charles Leno Jr. is serviceable on the blindside but no more than that. Andrew Wylie fluffed his lines after joining in 2023 free agency and could be a salary-cap cut candidate in the coming weeks.

Fortunately for the Commanders, this is a deep draft class for offensive linemen. Mims brings some outstanding credentials to the table. It would be a shock if he made it this far down the pecking order. If he does, those in power should pick up the phone and turn in their pick without hesitation.

The former five-star high school recruit excels in pass protection. Mims has a wide base and exceptional technique that can overwhelm opposing edge rushers. It will be more difficult at the next level, but his size and quickness suggest the Georgia prospect can make an immediate impression.

If the Commanders take a quarterback as expected at No. 2 overall, their next priority is to solidify the protection. Washington has enough cash to make a veteran splash in free agency. Acquiring Mims in this scenario has the scope to bring a long-term edge presence who could man one of the tackle positions for a decade.