5 boom-or-bust prospects the Commanders could draft in 2024

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Commanders could draft Drake Maye

  • Quarterback | North Carolina Tar Heels

Getting the right quarterback to spearhead the Washington Commanders' new era is critical this offseason. It was the most important thing above all else before free agency. Nothing has changed after those in power signed veteran Marcus Mariota and traded Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks.

This tipped the Commanders' hand to a certain extent. Adam Peters hasn't ruled anything out right now and is keeping everyone guessing. Trading down is still a possibility, although those around the league seem to think Washington will stand pat and have their pick of signal-callers once Caleb Williams comes off the board.

Thorough evaluations and visits are being undertaken ahead of the landmark choice. One prospect firmly under consideration is Drake Maye, who is seen as a project but could have the most upside of any quarterback in this class if everything clicks under professional NFL coaches.

Maye's arm strength is phenomenal. He can make effortless throws at all three levels of the field and zip the football into tight windows with ease. The North Carolina prospect offers prototypical size and eye-catching mobility to evade pressure to further intrigue.

Despite the positives, Maye needs work. There are issues with his timing and decision-making on occasion. The signal-caller needs refinement from a footwork standpoint and his regression in 2023 is another potential red flag that cannot be ignored.

Unless Maye develops quicker than anticipated, starting him immediately would be risky. But once it all comes together, he's got all the makings of a franchise-caliber presence under center.