With the 41st pick, the NFL Mocks mid-season mock draft for the NFC East the Washington Commanders are taking Troy Fautanu OG, Washington. Adding protection is tremendous for the Commanders; they are building a scary offense.
Troy Fautanu, an offensive lineman for the Washington Huskies, is an interesting and versatile candidate for the 2024 NFL Draft. He has been a left tackle for the Huskies, showcasing quality pass protection skills and athleticism. Although some suggest that he might be better suited to an interior role in the league, his quick hands and feet indicate that he could handle the speed of the internal game.
Fautanu has been impressive in pass protection, demonstrating athleticism, swiftness, and punch intensity with his hands. He is aggressive and determined, although his power is ineffective in producing positive outcomes. His strikes sometimes lead to inconsistencies in placement, and he has had issues with penalties in the past.
Fautanu has capabilities similar to the USC lineman Vera-Tucker, displaying lateral movement and agility as a run blocker. The 2022 second-team All-Pac-12 selection is likely heavier than the 308-pound Vera-Tucker, but his mobility could still be successful in a zone-blocking system. In his sophomore and junior seasons, he played significant snaps at left guard for the Huskies in one game.
The bottom line is that he will give Sam Howell the extra .02 seconds needed for McLaurin, Dotson and Worthy to separate even against top-tier defenders.