One bold prediction for every Commanders draft pick in 2024

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Ben Sinnott - Commanders TE

  • Attains six receiving touchdowns.

Despite signing Zach Ertz to replace released veteran Logan Thomas in free agency, many thought the Washington Commanders would be seeking a long-term tight end to pair with their new rookie quarterback at some stage during the 2024 NFL Draft. This is something Adam Peters did with one of his Day 2 selections when Ben Sinnott was taken at No. 53 overall.

Sinnott's drawn comparisons to George Kittle thanks to his well-rounded attributes. Asking him to reach these heights right out of the gate is unfair, but there's a growing sense he could potentially do enough to carve out a role for himself in the passing game and as a blocker - either in-line or on the move.

One area where Kliff Kingsbury might look to make use of Sinnott's athleticism and ability to separate is in the red zone. The margins are slimmer in the pros, but the Kansas State product is well-balanced and has the size to create mismatches if schemed effectively.

The second-round pick secured six touchdowns during his final college season. If he can accomplish the same number as an NFL rookie, it would be an outstanding contribution from Sinnott.

Mike Sainristil - Commanders CB

  • Leads secondary in tackles for loss.

Although the Washington Commanders still have questions to answer about their outside cornerback options, Adam Peters solidified their slot coverage after drafting Mike Sainristil at No. 50 overall. He's undersized at 5-foot-9, but the player's production for the national champion Michigan Wolverines was nothing short of exceptional.

Sainristil has plenty to encourage as he embarks on the next stage of his football journey. Nick Saban is one of many who've lauded his potential to make his presence felt. This is also a tremendous environment for the player thanks to the presence of Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. steering him on the right path.

One area of Sainristil's game that gets overlooked is against the run and his ability to get into the backfield frequently on blitz packages. If anyone can unleash this effectively, it's the team of Quinn and Whitt within their creative defensive scheme.

Sainristil will bear a heavy load and looks more than ready. If he can lead the secondary in tackles for loss, it's proof positive the Commanders made the right call in bringing him on board.