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

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Commanders draft Luke McCaffrey

  • Wide Receiver | Rice Owls
  • No. 178 overall

Adding to the wide receiver room is a realistic objective the Washington Commanders can attain in free agency. If those in power opt to wait, then this is a deep group of college pass-catchers to exploit to their advantage.

Other needs should take priority as it stands. If the Commanders opt to wait until Day 3 of the draft for wide receiver help, then someone like Luke McCaffrey is a gamble those in power could take.

McCaffrey - brother of Christian and son of former wideout Ed - might not have the accomplished career of his family members. That said, he's got assured hands, enough speed to impact matters further downfield, and he knows how to get open quickly. That makes him an intriguing option at this stage of the draft.

Commanders draft Prince Pines

  • Offensive Line | Tulane Green Wave
  • No. 222 overall

The Commanders also need to find upgrades on their offensive line interior. In this scenario, general manager Adam Peters allocates a significant amount of financial resources in free agency to solve the matter. Regardless, finding depth options from a deep draft class could be an option to contemplate if the right opportunities present themselves.

Prince Pines is a huge body that has the physical profile to develop further with the right coaching. His run blocking is more accomplished than his pass sets based on the prospect's college output at Tulane. He's a work in progress beyond any doubt, but the Commanders can buy themselves some time to mold his traits into something better by finding some veteran pieces to fill the void in 2024.