4 potential NFL Draft scenarios for the Commanders at No. 2 overall

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Commanders could do a straight trade-back

If the Washington Commanders do not feel the need to take one of the top four quarterbacks, Adam Peters has a lot more freedom. When it’s all said and done, Michael Penix Jr. will be drafted in the first round. If he’s the one coveted by the general manager above all else, he will have to make sure he doesn’t drop below No. 15.

As previously mentioned, if Peters rates Penix highly, he could swing a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to get a ton of draft capital and then grab the Washington Huskies prospect at No. 11.

The same essentially applies to Bo Nix, who may sneak into the first round as well. The Oregon gunslinger could still be on the board by the time of the Commanders' second pick at No. 36 overall. But if you want to be sure, Peters may have to secure a pick at the end of the first round.

There are no other quarterbacks worth drafting before Day 3 this year. At that point, someone like Jordan Travis could be a developmental third-stringer. Michael Pratt, Spencer Rattler, or Joe Milton come with significant red flags attached.

There is one other unlikely possibility. That happens if Washington has two of its three targets - Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, and J.J. McCarthy - rated comparably.