3 winners (and 2 losers) from the Commanders 2024 NFL Draft

There were winners and losers from the draft.
Terry McLaurin
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Winner No. 2

Terry McLaurin - Commanders WR

Terry McLaurin is the epitome of doing more with less. The wide receiver continues to put up stellar numbers despite having no consistent quarterback presence. However, the Washington Commanders had the perfect chance to rectify this ongoing complication at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

After much deliberation and thorough assessments, Jayden Daniels was the consensus choice. The Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU is an exceptional pocket passer and an electrifying dual-threat rolled into one. This has the scope to be the best signal-caller McLaurin's ever had - something that could see the wideout's game reach new heights within offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's system.

McLaurin went over 1,000 receiving yards once again last season - the fourth-straight year he attained the milestone. Having someone like this to lean on is also going to do wonders for Daniels' transition from college to the pros. If everything clicks immediately, this could be a formidable pairing that ignites immediate improvements on offense.

There will be times when Daniels goes through some rookie turmoil. C.J. Stroud was the exception to this rule last season en route to a historic first NFL season. When times of trouble arrive, McLaurin's motivation and experience will be a significant asset for the signal-caller.

This looks like a match made in heaven that can become mutually beneficial for both parties. McLaurin's long been regarded as one of the league's most underrated wide receivers in the league. He's not flashy or diva-like enough to accumulate headlines or notoriety - the former Ohio State star just goes about his business with purpose and professionalism despite things steadily regressing throughout his time with the Commanders.

Now, he has a potential franchise quarterback for the first time. Daniels has all the tools. If McLaurin can help him achieve some lofty objectives, this offense is going to take off.