As a lead-up to the 2024 NFL draft, we’ve broken down the current depth chart of every NFL team and identified the biggest draft and team needs for the Washington Commanders.

You can find additional team-by-team draft needs articles and other draft content on our 2024 NFL Draft Hub.

Commanders Draft Needs: Top Positions of Need in 2024

  1. Quarterback
  2. Defensive Back
  3. Offensive Line

What Picks Do the Washington Commanders Have in 2024?

The Washington Commanders have 9 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including:

  • Round 1 (2)
  • Round 2 (36)
  • Round 2 (40)
  • Round 3 (67)
  • Round 3 (78)
  • Round 3 (100)
  • Round 5 (139)
  • Round 5 (152)
  • Round 7 (222)

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Washington Commanders Draft Capital Stats

Our Sharp Draft Value Rank is a valuation of draft capital based on a combination of average performance delivered and average dollars earned on second contracts.

This is based on two public models: performance delivered based on draft slot (the AV model created by Chase Stuart) and contractual earnings in non-rookie deals based upon draft slot (the OTC model created by Brad Spielberger and Jason Fitzgerald).

  • Commanders Sharp Draft Value Rank: 2 of 32 teams
  • Commanders AV Model Draft Value Rank: 2 of 32 teams
  • Commanders OTC Model Draft Value Rank: 2 of 32 teams

Washington Commanders Draft Value vs. Other Teams:

The Commanders’ draft value is 65% higher than the league average of all 32 teams. Just one other team has more draft value entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

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Washington Commanders Draft Prediction:

Brendan Donahue has the Commanders selecting Jayden Daniels (QB, LSU) with the 2nd overall pick in his most recent 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Mock draft expert Ryan McCrystal believes the Commanders could target a quarterback like Jayden Daniels (QB, LSU) with their top pick at No. 2 overall in the first round.

Washington Commanders Strength of Schedule, 2024

The Washington Commanders have the 13th-easiest NFL strength of schedule for the 2024 NFL season.

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Washington Commanders Offense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Rich Hribar breaks down the offensive depth chart by position for the Washington Commanders, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Commanders Offense Infographic

Quarterback Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Marcus Mariota
  2. Jake Fromm
  3. Jeff Driskel

This one is as clean as it gets.

We know Washington is drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall selection. We are just waiting to see who it will be.

Washington purged their quarterback room from a year ago, trading away Sam Howell and letting Jacoby Brissett leave via free agency.

They went out and added Marcus Mariota as a veteran backup, who will be on his fourth team in as many years.

Running Back Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Brian Robinson Jr.
  2. Austin Ekeler
  3. Chris Rodriguez Jr.
  4. Jeremy McNichols

The Washington running game was middle-of-the-pack in 2023.

Their running backs ranked 14th in success rate (36.9%), 19th in EPA per rush (-0.10), and 11th in yards per carry (4.3 YPC).

After posting 857 yards and three touchdowns on 214 touches as a rookie in 2022, Brian Robinson totaled the same 214 touches in his second season but this time produced 1,101 total yards and nine touchdowns on those opportunities.

Robinson ranked ninth among all running backs with a first down or touchdown on 26.4% of his runs.

A reliable clasher, Robinson converted 69.0% of his short-yardage runs into a first down or score, which ranked 14th among 49 running backs with 100 or more attempts on the season.

Robinson also made a nice jump in the passing game.

After catching just nine passes for 60 yards as a rookie, he caught 36 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Washington knows what they have in Robinson, who has two cheap years left on his rookie deal.

The team went out in free agency and added Austin Ekeler on a two-year deal to complement Robinson.

The Commanders brought in Anthony Lynn as their new running game coordinator. Lynn had Ekeler from 2017-2020 when he was the head coach of the Chargers and was there as a first-time head coach the year that team signed Ekeler as a rookie free agent.

Ekeler will turn 29 this May and is coming off the worst season of his career.

His 3.6 receptions per game were his fewest in a season since 2018.

After averaging at least 6.2 yards per target in each of his opening five years in the league, Ekeler has averaged 5.7 and 5.9 yards per target the past two seasons.

Ekeler’s 3.9% rate of runs that gained 10 or more yards ranked 47th out of 49 running backs to run the ball 100 or more times during the regular season.

His previous career-low was a 10.7% explosive rate back in 2021.

A couple of things are noteworthy when looking at Ekeler’s 2023 season.

The first is that Ekeler suffered a major ankle injury the first week of the season.

In that same game, Ekeler had 161 total yards on 20 touches. In that game, Ekeler had two explosive runs on his 16 rushes.

He then missed the next three weeks.

Returning from injury, he had just five runs of 10 or more yards on his final 163 rushes of the season.

Ekeler may be on the downswing even if we do not hand out a hall pass for his injury last season, but his skill set does make a solid fit paired with Robinson.

The team drafted Chris Rodriguez in the sixth round last season.

Rodriguez only logged 53 touches as a rookie but averaged 4.9 yards per touch on his limited sample.

He had 11 touches for 65 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 with Robinson sidelined before suffering a concussion that kept him out for the rest of the season.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Terry McLaurin
  2. Jahan Dotson
  3. Dyami Brown
  4. Olamide Zaccheaus
  5. Jamison Crowder
  6. Dax Milne
  7. Davion Davis
  8. Mitchell Tinsley
  9. Kazmeir Allen
  10. Bryce Tremayne

Washington wide receivers combined to catch the sixth-most passes (232) in the NFL last season, but all of those receptions only resulted in 2,621 yards (16th) and 14 touchdowns (19th).

Quarterback play did this unit next to zero favors as 14.8% of the wide receiver targets were deemed inaccurate via the quarterback, which was 22nd in the league.

On top of that high rate of off-target throws, Washington wideouts only average 9.9 air yards per target, which was 25th in the league.

Terry McLaurin will turn 29 this September, and we are still waiting for that one season where it all comes together for him via quarterback play.

McLaurin managed 1,002 yards last season, just nabbing his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Despite hitting that arbitrary threshold, McLaurin only caught four touchdown passes. After scoring seven times as a rookie in 2019, McLaurin has caught five or fewer touchdown passes in each of the past four seasons.

He also averaged a career-low 12.7 yards per catch and a career-low 58.9 yards per game last season.

His 1.56 yards per route run was also the fewest of his career while his 16.7% inaccurate target rate was the highest rate of his career.

McLaurin still has two high-salary seasons remaining on his contract, which aligns with him hitting his age-30 season.

After a solid rookie campaign, Jahan Dotson was arguably the biggest disappointment in this offense in 2023.

Dotson went from 14.9 yards per catch as a rookie down to 10.6 yards per grab last season. As a byproduct, he went from 43.6 yards per game down to 30.5 per game in his second season.

After scoring seven times as a rookie, he found the end zone four times in 2023.

Dotson was fifth in the NFL among wide receivers in routes run last season (37.3 per game) but he ranked 115th among wide receivers in target rate per route run (13.1%).

After averaging 1.39 yards per route run as a rookie, Dotson fell all of the way down to 0.82 yards per route run in his second season, which was 118th in the league at his position.

His production was so poor that it is hard to entirely let him skate free without some blame himself, but Washington is still committed to Dotson after taking him in the first round in 2022.

After McLaurin and Dotson, things get sketchy on this depth chart.

They currently do not have a reliable WR3 that warrants a ton of snaps based on production nor do they have much contractual depth.

The only wideout outside of those top two that is under contract beyond this season is Mitchell Tinsley.

With five other picks in the top-100 after their first-round slot, expect Washington to add another young playmaker here to their rookie quarterback selection.

Tight End Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Zach Ertz
  2. Cole Turner
  3. John Bates
  4. Armani Rogers

This tight end group is also a work in progress for the new regime.

John Bates was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 draft. He has caught only 53 passes over his three years in the league.

Cole Turner was selected in the fifth round of the 2022 draft, catching just 13 passes over the past two seasons.

Both have been roadblocked by veteran Logan Thomas, who remains a free agent.

But the team also went out and somehow got older at the position by adding veteran Zach Ertz.

Ertz spent some time with new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona. He will turn 34 this November and has averaged only 8.6 and 6.9 yards per reception over the past two seasons.

Ertz has not caught more than five touchdowns in a season since 2019.

Turner is the only player here signed for multiple seasons.

While it is unlikely that Washington has their tight end of the future on the current roster and they should be adding any viable pass catchers that they can, this is a spot where they could try to kick the can for a season while addressing other larger needs.

Offensive Line Depth Chart, Commanders:

LT:  Braeden Daniels, Cornelius Lucas, Alex Akingbulu
LG: Nick Allegretti, Ricky Stromberg, Mason Brooks
C: Tyler Biadasz, Michael Deiter, Julian Good-Jones
RG: Sam Cosmi, Chris Paul
RT: Andrew Wylie, Trent Scott

The Washington offensive line is a mash-up.

Paired with a potential rookie quarterback, there is work to be done here.

They allowed 65 sacks (30th in the league), but Sam Howell deserves the blame for a chunk of those sacks.

Despite the high sack totals, Washington was 14th in ESPN’s pass block win rate metric and they collectively ranked 15th in pass blocking grade as a team per Pro Football Focus.

That said, this is a unit that still needs to be addressed in multiple areas.

The team will be starting at least three new players on the left side and center this season.

In free agency, they added both Nick Allegretti and Tyler Biadasz to fill two of those spots at center and left guard.

Biadasz is the standout between those two. He made the Pro Bowl in 2022 while starting 49 games for Dallas over the past three seasons.

In 2023, Biadasz ranked 17th in overall grade among centers per Pro Football Focus after ranking 23rd the year before.

Allegretti takes more squinting as being locked into a starting job.

He has started just 13 games over his five-year career, with just four starts over the past three seasons. Allegretti has played more than 25% of this team’s offensive snaps in just one NFL season, coming back in 2020.

The left tackle spot is wide open.

The team selected Braeden Daniels in the fourth round last season, but he missed the entire year with a torn rotator cuff.

Just handing the job to a fourth-round pick who missed an entire season is something unlikely to happen.

Veteran Cornelius Lucas has logged time there for Washington, playing 227 snaps at left tackle last season.

Lucas has proven to be a fine body to have as depth and has spent the past four seasons in the league with Washington after bouncing around over the start of his career. Lucas also will turn 33 this season and has started double-digit games just once over a 10-year career that spans five different teams.

Right tackle also remains a question mark.

Andrew Wylie was brought in last offseason from the Chiefs. He ranked 45th among tackles last season in pressure rate allowed (6.4%) while allowing nine sacks (95th).

Wylie still has two years remaining on his contract, so the team will arguably give him another shot to fail this season. But they can get out of his contract next offseason for a $2.7 million dead cap hit.

Sam Cosmi was a bright spot for this unit in 2023. He had his best season in the league last year moving over to right guard full-time.

Cosmi ended last season fifth in overall grade among guards at Pro Football Focus.

He is entering the final season of his rookie contract.

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Washington Commanders Defense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Raymond Summerlin breaks down the defensive depth chart by position for the Washington Commanders, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Commanders Defense Infographic

Defensive Line Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Daron Payne
  2. Jonathan Allen
  3. John Ridgeway
  4. Phidarian Mathis
  5. Benning Potoa’e

The Commanders gave up 4.4 yards per carry on running backs runs last season (24th) and 1.41 yards before contact on those runs (23rd). They finished 19th in ESPN’s run stop win rate.

Washington is fairly set here with Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen under contract for multiple seasons, but neither player played at their top level in 2023.

That showed up in the Commanders’ struggles against the run.

Payne’s tackles for loss fell from his 2022 career high, and his tackle rate on rushing plays fell to a career-low 12.1%.

Coming off an 11.5 sack season, Payne recorded just four in 2023, which is much closer to his career average.

His pressure rate fell to 6.4%, ranking 160th out of 187 qualifying defenders.

Allen did end up with 5.5 sacks, but his pressure rate fell below 10% and he ranked 42nd among defensive linemen in PFF’s pass rush productivity rating.

It was not a great environment for either player, and they have shown much better play. Still, the Commanders need more from Payne and Allen moving forward.

The depth here will look a lot better if 2022 second-round pick Phidarian Mathis can stay healthy and live up to that draft cost, but depth is not as important since Payne and Allen both played over 70% of the defensive snaps last season.

Even so, this could be a spot to add some talent.

EDGE Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Dorance Armstrong
  2. Dante Fowler
  3. Clelin Ferrell
  4. Efe Obada
  5. KJ Henry
  6. Andre Jones
  7. Joshua Pryor
  8. Jalen Harris

The Commanders traded away both Montez Sweat and Chase Young at the deadline last season, so it is not a surprise they made several moves at this position in free agency.

The biggest was a three-year deal for Dorance Armstrong, who followed over new HC Dan Quinn and DC Joe Whitt from Dallas, but Washington also signed Clelin Ferrell and Dante Fowler.

Armstrong came on strong under Quinn, recording 16 sacks over the last two seasons, but his 13% pressure rate over that span is lackluster.

He ranked 34th among edge rushers in PFF’s pass rate productivity rating last season.

Fowler also was with Quinn in Dallas, recording 10 sacks over two seasons. His pressure rate was actually better than Armstrong’s including a 19.3% mark last season.

It is unlikely Ferrell ever lives up to his draft stock, but he was solid enough for the 49ers last season in a rotational role.

It is notable that GM Adam Peters, who was in San Francisco last year, decided to bring him to Washington.

Efe Obada was limited by injuries last season but can do a job as a rotational pass rusher.

KJ Henry is a fifth-round sophomore who got some playing time last year.

The Commanders did enough at this spot that it no longer looks like a black hole, but this unit could use a front-end pass rusher even if Armstrong can shine in a bigger role.

Linebacker Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Frankie Luvu
  2. Bobby Wagner
  3. Jamin Davis
  4. Anthony Pittman
  5. Mykal Walker
  6. Keandre Jones
  7. Brandon Bouyer-Randle

This is another position group that got a makeover in free agency.

Frankie Luvu is the most interesting signing both because he got a three-year, $31 million deal and because he could be another option at pass rusher.

Luvu recorded 5.5 sacks on just 100 pass rush snaps last season and got pressure on 20% of those rushes.

His pressure rate was not quite as high in 2022, but he recorded seven sacks.

Luvu is not Micah Parsons, but he could offer similar flexibility in the new defense.

The Commanders also brought in veteran Bobby Wagner, who worked with Quinn way back in their Seahawks days.

Even at 33 last season, Wagner was a nearly every down player and earned second-team All-Pro honors.

Jamin Davis offers up a solid third option for a linebacking group that suddenly looks like a strength.

Cornerback Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Benjamin St-Juste
  2. Michael Davis
  3. Emmanuel Forbes
  4. Noah Igbinoghene
  5. James Pierre
  6. Kyu Blu Kelly
  7. Christian Holmes
  8. Tariq Castro-Fields
  9. D’Angelo Mandell
  10. Nick Whiteside

The Commanders gave up 7.7 yards per pass attempt last season (30th) and were 31st in EPA per dropback. They also did not create turnovers, finishing 27th with eight total last season.

2023 first rounder Emmanuel Forbes had a rookie season to forget, Benjamin St-Juste took a step back, and Kendall Fuller, the only Washington corner coming off a good year, now plays for the Dolphins.

Benched at different points throughout the season, Forbes gave up a massive 9.8 yards per target in coverage.

St-Juste did not struggle to that level, but he was at best an average option for the position after a promising 2022.

Washington did bring in several corners in free agency including veteran Michael Davis.

Davis brings a lot of experience, starting 74 games for the Chargers over the last six seasons, but he is coming off a down season in which he gave up 9 yards per target.

Noah Igbinoghene is a former first-round pick, but he has not shown that level of play in the league.

There is a path for this unit to overperform if St-Juste and Davis bounce back and Forbes lives up to his draft cost, especially with Quan Martin (below) likely to help out in the slot, but as it stands this looks like an area of need.

Safety Depth Chart, Commanders:

  1. Jeremy Chinn
  2. Quan Martin
  3. Darrick Forrest
  4. Percy Butler
  5. Jeremy Reaves

Quan Martin perhaps should be in the corner group.

He likely will cover the slot in sub packages, but the second-round sophomore initially worked as a safety last season.

Either way, he is a versatile option that should find his way onto the field, which is also true of free agent addition Jeremy Chinn.

Chinn was not a full-time player even when healthy last season, and he has not played at the same level as Kamren Curl, who he is likely replacing, over the last couple of years.

Returning from injury, Darrick Forrest could also step into Curl’s role after playing well in 2022.

Percy Butler started 13 games last season and was also solid.

There are likely no All-Pros in this unit, but there are enough pieces here that it is not as big a need as corner.

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