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

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Commanders draft Malachi Corley

Finding some dynamic playmakers should also be among the Washington Commaders' biggest objectives in the coming weeks. Much like the situation with Amarius Mims, I was a little shocked to see this particular prospect available early in the third round. But the benefits of bringing Malachi Corley to the franchise are obvious.

Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson should have a big part of Washington's offensive strategy under Kliff Kingsbury. Nothing can be said with any guarantee about the rest within the wide receiver room. Curtis Samuel is out of contract, which would be the biggest loss of all by a considerable margin if he took his chances elsewhere.

Corley looks like a ready-made replacement for Samuel. The Western Kentucky prospect is pure dynamite with the football in his hands. He's a threat to score almost every time. Although he might be seen as more of a slot option at the next level, that's exactly what the Commanders would be looking for if Samuel departs.

One of Corley's strengths is creating separation quickly. He's extremely sharp out of his cuts and has the ball skills to match. While he might struggle on occasion to get off press coverage once he gets to the pros, Kingsbury is more than capable of finding ways to scheme the wideout to his advantage.

The Commanders could also use a more physically imposing wide receiver to complement what they already have. But those in power have the financial means to address this in free agency if the right opportunity comes along.