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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How would Jayden Daniels fit on the Commanders?

  • Day 1 starter, potential franchise-caliber QB

Aside from Caleb Williams - who seems to be a lock to go No. 1 overall - Jayden Daniels is the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's class. After five years in college with extensive starting experience, it would be a surprise if he wasn't.

Daniels also looked tailor-made for the scheme normally implemented by new Washington Commanders' offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. He likes quarterbacks who are creative and can make something out of nothing. He's had Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Williams. The LSU prospect fits this mold in no uncertain terms.

There are some concerns about whether Daniels has already peaked at 23 years old. Drake Maye is seen to have more long-term upside and J.J. McCarthy also has some untapped potential. This only adds to the level of confusion among analysts, the media, and those around the league about what the Commanders have planned.

Daniels has all the makings of a Day 1 starter with franchise-changing credentials. Some - including ESPN's analyst Dan Orlovsky - think the Chicago Bears would be better off taking him over Williams atop the draft. That seems unlikely, but his skill set might be difficult for the Commanders to pass up when they go on the clock.

If those in power select Daniels, it will bring a level of excitement to the quarterback position not seen since Robert Griffin III's rookie year. Some holes around the signal-caller need to be addressed, but Adam Peters is loaded with high-end selections to find long-term solutions to ongoing complications.

All signs point towards Daniels looking at talent, momentum, and his scheme fit. Other options are being considered, but this could be the man when push comes to shove.