4 Commanders players primed for a breakout season in 2024

Could these Commanders players take the league by storm in 2024?
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Jayden Daniels - Commanders QB

Why not?

The Washington Commanders placed a significant amount of faith in quarterback Jayden Daniels by making him the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. Although there was radio silence from the building about which direction they'd end up going, Adam Peters later revealed that the Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU was their guy from a long way out.

Daniels has some unique gifts that can be harnessed into a franchise-changing presence under center. His mechanics are on point, he can make effortless throws at all three levels of the field, and his mobility in and out of the pocket makes him incredibly difficult to scheme against. It won't be perfect initially, but everything is in position for the first-round pick to succeed.

The Commanders have been starved of prolonged excitement at the quarterback position. Not since Robert Griffin III have they had someone with electrifying traits and the sort of aura everyone can get behind. Daniels is only in the early stages of his professional integration, but things couldn't be more positive right now.

Keeping the bigger picture in mind is crucial. C.J. Stroud's phenomenal rookie accomplishments with the Houston Texans last season were historic and incredibly rare in equal measure. Expecting similar feats from Daniels is unrealistic, but there's nothing to suggest he cannot impose himself despite the odd hiccup along the way.

Much will depend on Washington's offensive line, in all honesty. The Commanders have reinforced their protection through free agency and the draft, but questions remain about this unit given the standard of opposition they'll be facing next season.

This is something Daniels and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury need to factor into their preparations. It might take longer than one season, but the signal-caller has enough in his locker to suggest it won't be long before he becomes a bona fide NFL superstar.

That's a lofty goal to aim for. But it's something the Commanders expect after investing heavily in Daniels with the second pick.