Washington Commanders NFL Draft 2024 guide: Picks, predictions and key needs


The Beast, Dane Brugler’s expansive guide to the NFL Draft, is here. 

The Washington Commanders have the No. 2 pick of the 2024 NFL Draft when Round 1 begins April 25 in Detroit. The Commanders own a total of nine picks in the seven-round draft.

Commanders’ draft picks

Round Pick Overall Notes

1

2

2

2

4

36

2

8

40

From Bears

3

3

67

3

14

78

From Seahawks

3

36

100

From 49ers

5

4

139

5

17

152

From Seahawks

7

2

222

Full draft order

Every pick in the seven-round NFL Draft.

NFL Draft details

• Round 1: April 25, 8 p.m. ET
• Rounds 2-3: April 26, 7 p.m. ET
• Rounds 4-7: April 27, noon ET

All rounds will be televised on ESPN/ABC and NFL Network and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

About the Commanders

• Head coach: Dan Quinn (first season with team)
• Last year’s record: 4-13

The Commanders never found a steady path last season even before losing their final eight games, which led to the dismissal of head coach Ron Rivera. The coaching staff and front office weren’t the only parts that underwent a needed overhaul.

With Quinn and general manager Adam Peters in charge, Washington added roughly 20 external free agents, including linebackers Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner, running back Austin Ekeler and veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota. These signings were overwhelming one-year, low-risk additions designed to boost the overall leadership and team depth. The real talent bump comes in the draft, where the Commanders have nine selections — six in the top 100, headlined by the No. 2 pick that is expected to turn into a quarterback.

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Commanders’ key position needs

Offensive line: Signing center Tyler Biadasz to a three-year deal bolsters the interior line and aids a rookie quarterback, but questions remain outside of right guard Sam Cosmi. Left tackle should be a Day 2 priority.

Edge rusher: Washington put together a viable rotation with three free-agent signings joining 2023 fifth-round pick KJ Henry, but there are no obvious game-changers among them.

Cornerback: Let’s see how the new staff can boost 2023 first-round pick Emmanuel Forbes Jr. after a trying rookie season. Regardless, another potential starter is required with Benjamin St-Juste and newcomer Michael Davis playing out the final year of their contracts.

Wide receiver: This is about adding size next to returnees Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson.

Tight end: Whatever one thinks of Zach Ertz replacing fellow veteran Logan Thomas, this room lacks upside.

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The Athletic’s latest mock drafts

April 17: Dane Brugler’s seven-round mock draft
Brugler has Washington addressing the offensive line with two of its first five picks.

April 8: Nick Baumgardner’s three-round NFL mock draft
Baumgardner has the Commanders selecting their QB at No. 2, then going edge rusher and O-line in the second round.

April 4: Bruce Feldman’s NFL mock draft
Feldman has Washington going with LSU’s Jayden Daniels to be the team’s quarterback of the future.

March 25: Ben Standig’s NFL mock draft
Standig has the Commanders taking Daniels with the No. 2 pick and trading into the first round with their second selection.

March 21: Beat writer mock draft 2.0
Standig has Washington selecting Daniels over Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy with its second overall pick.

March 5: Dane Brugler’s post-combine mock draft
Brugler has the Commanders selecting Maye at No. 2.

Feb. 22: Beat writer mock draft 1.0
Standig has Washington selecting Maye with its second overall selection.

Washington’s recent top picks

2023: Emmanuel Forbes Jr., CB, No. 16 — Known for his pick-six highlights at Mississippi State, Forbes was repeatedly picked on last season by seasoned receivers. The rail-thin cornerback’s poor run tackling was equally concerning. How the new coaches help Forbes will be an indicator of their teaching abilities.

2022: Jahan Dotson, WR, No. 16 — The follow-up to a productive rookie season left observers wanting more. Whether the decline in yards per catch and touchdowns centered more on play calling, quarterback performance or a sophomore slump, Washington needs to unlock Dotson.

2021: Jamin Davis, LB, No. 19 — Three seasons in and Davis remains more of an athletic marvel than a productive player. Expectations have the staff using him more in attack mode rather than in coverage, and not picking up his fifth-year option. Both make sense.

2020: Chase Young, DE, No. 2 — The Commanders were ready to move on from the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year after a significant 2021 knee injury curtailed Young’s potential. Acquiring a compensatory third-round pick represented fair value and how the league considered his likely work moving forward.

2019: Dwayne Haskins, QB, No. 15 — Washington released Haskins during the 2020 season, roughly 16 months before his tragic death at the age of 24.

2019: Montez Sweat, DE, No. 26 — Sweat’s best season resulted in a massive extension … with the Chicago Bears following a midseason trade for what turned into the 40th pick in April’s draft. Washington preferred taking the selection over making a significant financial commitment, knowing major organizational changes were coming. Sweat became the first player in league history to lead two teams in sacks in the same season.

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