Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Pre-free agency edition

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Commanders draft Kingsley Suamataia

  • Offensive Tackle | BYU Cougars
  • No. 36 overall

Releasing Charles Leno Jr. means the Washington Commanders are on the lookout for a new left tackle to go along with their rookie quarterback in this scenario. If Kingsley Suamataia makes it this far down the pecking order, those in power would be wise to seriously consider the possibility.

The cousin of All-Pro tackle Penei Sewell is a little raw, but his athleticism is absolutely off the charts. Suamataia has the impressive size and explosiveness needed to excel in pass protection. While his technique needs a little refinement, there is a lot to like about his chances to take on coaching effectively and become a starting option.

That might not happen right away, but it will sooner rather than later. His standout performance at the NFL Scouting Combine only lent further weight to these claims.

Commanders draft Kamren Kinchens

  • Safety | Miami Hurricanes
  • No. 40 overall

We're about to reach the tipping point between Kamren Curl and the Commanders. No new deal has been agreed upon as yet. There is still time for that to change, but general manager Adam Peters should be working on contingency plans in case the former seventh-round selection takes his chances elsewhere.

If the Commanders lose Curl in free agency, Kamren Kinchens makes a ton of sense. The hard-hitting Miami prospect is a well-rounded backend factor at the safety position capable of impacting the game in all phases. He could go much higher, but it would be a difficult proposition to turn down in this scenario.

Curl is a good player, but everyone has a price. If the Commanders think they could get more for less, the chances of his departure increase exponentially.