Commanders 7-round 2025 NFL mock draft: Way too early edition

It's never too early to examine draft prospects.
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Commanders draft Will Campbell

  • Offensive Tackle | LSU Tigers
  • Round No. 1 | No. 8 overall

Jayden Daniels carries a significant amount of pressure on his shoulders. The Washington Commanders gave the quarterback a supreme vote of confidence this offseason by taking him No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. There's also a growing sense the franchise has something special on its hands with the Heisman Trophy winner following his smooth transition from college to the pros.

Daniels is gifted, but he cannot do it alone. If there was one thing that could potentially hold him back as a rookie, it's the offensive line.

Some improvements were made to the interior after the Commanders signed Tyler Biadasz and Nick Alegretti. Adam Peters did almost nothing to improve the team's edge options despite releasing veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr. Unless third-rounder Brandon Coleman makes a better-than-anticipated jump, adding to the team's options in this critical area of the field is almost guaranteed next spring.

If the Commanders could get Daniels his former college teammate with their first-round pick, it represents the perfect scenario.

Will Campbell is arguably the best offensive tackle prospect in this class. The four-star high school recruit boasts NFL-ready size and length. This is matched by exceptional athleticism that defies a man his size.

A quick look at Campbell's game film showcases the eye-popping footwork he brings to the table. This allows him to mirror opposing edge rushers with minimal fuss - something reflected by the fact he's allowed just two sacks in more than 1,600 snaps throughout his stint with LSU so far.

His core functional strength and elite-level base make Campbell a difficult proposition to move off the block. He's also agile enough to make his presence felt at the second level on running plays when the opportunity arises.

There are very few flaws in Campbell's game. Learning how to cope better with pass-rushing countermoves would be beneficial at the next level, but this looks like a match made in heaven. Someone the Commanders should monitor closely when the college season commences.