Commanders 2024 NFL Draft scouting report: Jayden Daniels

The Commanders need a game-changing quarterback. Jayden Daniels could fit the bill.

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Jayden Daniels scouting report

  • Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 210 pounds
  • Hand size: 9 1/4 inches | Arm length 31 5/8 inches
  • Combine QB rank: 2nd | 2023 PFF grade: 94.7

Jayden Daniels came of age in 2023. His previous four years in college were solid if not spectacular. Whatever happened in the summer before competitive action arrived, it worked like a charm.

Daniels was nothing short of exceptional, displaying the sort of poise and big-game ability normally associated with productive NFL quarterbacks. He won the Heisman Trophy and deservedly so, but it was conjuring magic off-script that left the biggest impression.

The LSU prospect is a dual-threat force under center. Daniels has the pocket manipulation needed to keep defenses on their toes at all times and evade pressure seamlessly. He's comfortable throwing to all three levels of the field and also boasts a level of creativity through vision and explosive movement that's jaw-dropping.

If things aren't developing downfield as expected, Daniels has no trouble in taking off and gaining significant yards on the ground. It might be worth adding a little extra muscle mass if this is something he plans to continue at the next level. Becoming more efficient in going through his progressions would only help his transition.

Daniels is a fluid mover from dropbacks into his throwing motion. His mechanics are on point, which is matched by sound decision-making and extensive starting experience over five years. This has enhanced his leadership capabilities tremendously as the signal-caller looks to become a franchise player in the pros.

It's not all perfect. As previously mentioned, Daniels needs to go through his reads with more efficiency. The player's throwing motion could also use a little tightening up to avoid any unnecessary complications. Seeing over the middle is a concern raised by some, but this isn't the norm on his game tape.

Some kinks need to be worked out, but there is a lot to like about Daniels' potential to hit the ground running.

Next: How Jayden Daniels fits on the Commanders.