4 Commanders who could see starting spots stolen by draft picks in 2024

Out with the old, in with the new?
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Marcus Mariota - Commanders QB

As it stands right now, former first-round pick Marcus Mariota is listed as the starting quarterback. Not many believe that will still be the case once the 2024 NFL Draft concludes.

With Caleb Williams heading to the Chicago Bears at No. 1 overall, what the Washington Commanders have planned with the No. 2 pick has become the hottest topic of discussion. Those in power took in Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels' pro days this week, spending time with the signal-callers to find out more about what they could potentially bring to the table.

Michigan's national college football championship winner J.J. McCarthy is also under consideration thanks to his soaring stock in recent weeks. This is a monumental decision facing Adam Peters and his staff. Getting it right could prove the difference between rebuilding quickly and playing catch-up in the coming years.

Mariota was signed to be a veteran backup and strong mentor well-suited within Kliff Kingsbury's offensive scheme. If someone like Maye is the choice, he might end up starting a few games while the North Carolina prospect works on developing key areas of his game.

Anticipation is growing as the exhaustive evaluation process reaches its conclusion. Fortunately for the Commanders, there should be no friction from Mariota's standpoint. He knows what needs to be done and will be professional above all else.