May 28, 2024

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Commanders Trade Back, Take Star Pass Catcher

The Washington Commanders, currently at a 4-9 record, are poised for a unique position in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. With a likely top-10 pick, or possibly one in the first five, they may be open to trade offers, especially if they plan to stick with Sam Howell. In a recent 2024 NFL Mock Draft by Pro Football Network, the Commanders traded the No. 4 overall pick to the Tennessee Titans, who opted for Notre Dame left tackle Joe Alt. In return, Washington secured the eighth pick, along with picks No. 39 and No. 148 in 2024, and a third-round pick in 2025.

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In this scenario, Washington went on to select tight end Brock Bowers from Georgia with the eighth pick. Described as highly versatile, Bowers is praised for his effectiveness in the run and screen game, displaying elusiveness, explosiveness, and power. Pro Football Network speculates that this choice aligns with the potential promotion of offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to head coach in the next season, drawing parallels to his success with star tight end Travis Kelce in Kansas City.

While uncertainty surrounds the coaching staff, Bowers, who will soon turn 21, emerges as an intriguing prospect for the Commanders. Despite being limited to 10 games in his junior season at Georgia, he managed impressive stats with 56 catches for 714 yards and six touchdowns. Despite arguments that selecting a tight end might be a luxury, successful teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, Lions, 49ers, and Ravens rely heavily on star tight ends for their Super Bowl contention. The decision to trade down four picks not only secured a potential star tight end but also additional picks in the second and fifth rounds of 2024 and an extra third-round pick in 2025, making it a favorable outcome for Washington.

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