One bold prediction for every Commanders draft pick in 2024

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Dominique Hampton - Commanders S

  • Emerges into primary backup safety

After letting Kamren Curl walk and signing Jeremy Chinn in free agency, the Washington Commanders weren't done at the safety position despite the prospect of Quan Martin moving to the backend. Those in power brought Dominique Hampton into the fold on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, who played a significant role on the Washington Huskies' defense during their memorable run to the college football national championship game before agonizingly falling short of the big prize.

Hampton has outstanding awareness, athleticism, and communication. Expecting miracles right away would be foolish, but there's nothing to suggest he cannot push some already established on the depth chart for playing time with a smooth transition.

Percy Butler didn't show enough last season and comes into the preparation period with a point to prove. Jeremy Reaves was brought back on a new deal, but he's seen more as a special teams asset rather than someone who can assist prominently on the defensive rotation.

If Hampton puts his newfound momentum to good use throughout the summer and when competitive games arrive, surging into the primary backup role should be considered a huge win for the late-round selection. Whether he accomplishes this feat or not is another matter.

Jordan Magee - Commanders LB

  • Gains 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks.

The Washington Commanders didn't have the biggest need at the linebacker position heading into the 2024 NFL Draft thanks to some necessary free-agent investments. However, those in power feel Jordan Magee can provide the defensive second level with added explosiveness and increase competition for good measure.

Magee looks tailor-made for head coach Dan Quinn's defense. He's fast, instinctive, and can make things happen in all phases. It might take time to become a complete package, but learning from the likes of Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner is only going to help his cause.

It would be a shock if Quinn didn't have a plan in place to get Magee involved right out of the gate. He needs to prove capable of handling responsibilities throughout the preparation period, but an opportunity to become the primary backup behind Luvu and Wagner isn't beyond the realm of possibility despite the presence of Anthony Pittman and Mykal Walker.

If Magee achieves this feat and goes on to attain 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks while also making a lasting impact on special teams, the Commanders couldn't be anything other than delighted.