3 winners (and 1 loser) from Commanders 2024 rookie minicamp

It was a fascinating start to their NFL journeys.
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Winner No. 3

Luke McCaffrey - Commanders WR

One of the more intriguing picks made by the Washington Commanders during the 2024 NFL Draft was at the wide receiver spot. This unit was in desperate need of reinforcements to go alongside Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson. After failing to address the position effectively in free agency, those in power turned their attention to Luke McCaffrey at No. 100 overall.

McCaffrey is a fascinating prospect. He's an NFL blue-blood after following in the footsteps of his father Ed and brother Christian into the pros. He's a little raw after making the transition from the quarterback spot in college. However, he looked like someone who could potentially make an impression as a rookie based on this extremely small sample size.

The former Rice standout left a good impression over the two-day camp. McCaffrey seemed to develop an instant rapport with quarterback Jayden Daniels, displaying crisp route-running and assured hands to go along with his eye-catching athleticism according to those in attendance.

The Commanders feel like they can provide the sort of environment that helps McCaffrey blossom. Until he becomes more polished in terms of route technique and body control, there's nothing to suggest Kliff Kingsbury cannot scheme him open as a big slot option while other areas of his production refine.

Many wondered whether McCaffrey was worthy of being taken on Day 2 given his lack of experience. These critiques coupled with the fierce desire to continue the family legacy should be motivation enough for the young pass-catcher. How he deals with NFL-caliber cornerbacks when the time comes will be the deciding factor in his 2024 involvement.

McCaffrey looks to have the tools needed to carve out a productive career for himself. The instant chemistry with Daniels was notable, which can potentially provide both with the springboard needed to excel in the nation's capital.

Nobody is expecting McCaffrey to reach the All-Pro heights of his brother. But in all honesty, very few do.