4 nightmare scenarios for the Washington Commanders in 2024

These scenarios would be a nightmare for the Commanders.
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Commanders rookies don't live up to the hype

All Washington Commanders fans are extremely excited about this rookie class. They believe this new regime under Adam Peters selected one of the best classes in the league. However, they still must prove worthy of this assessment during their rookie seasons.

They won’t all be superstars, but the 2024 class must prove they are big parts of this team’s future.

Jayden Daniels is the rookie most eyes will be on. He's also the one under the most pressure to impress in 2024.

Don’t expect Daniels to be a top-10 quarterback during his first season in the pros. Getting gradually better throughout the campaign and showcasing his talent will lend further weight to the claims he can become a franchise presence under center.

If Daniels falls flat on his face, it will be disappointing and worrisome for the future. The Heisman Trophy winner has a long leash since he was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Even if the road is tricky early, he'll be given a couple more years to prove capable of spearheading this exciting new era.

However, I think we all would rather Daniels just prove he has it in Year 1. After all, it's been a long time since fans had such an exciting signal-caller to savor.

The Day 2 selections in Johnny Newton, Mike Sanristil, Ben Sinnott, Brandon Coleman, and Luke McCaffrey must show a lot of flashes of greatness. That's the minimum requirement for each.

Guys like Newton, Sinnott, and McCaffrey won’t have full-time starting roles due to the current depth chart and in the wide receiver's case, his continued development. But they must show enough to prove they can step into larger roles over the coming years.

Sanristil and Coleman have a good chance to start in Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Therefore, both need to prove they can handle the extreme pressure coming their way.