Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Aggressive trade edition

Could the Commanders make a bold draft move?

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Commanders draft Jayden Daniels

  • Quarterback | LSU Tigers
  • Round No. 1 | No. 2 overall

This is the most important decision Adam Peters might ever make as Washington Commanders' general manager. The roster looks in better shape now than when free agency began thanks to the moves made. However, the most pivotal piece of his puzzle has yet to be resolved.

The Commanders need to find a quarterback capable of spearheading the franchise into a prosperous new era. Signing veteran backup Marcus Mariota and trading Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks indicates that's where Peters is leaning. But there's been no confirmed tell about what signal-caller is the apple of their eye as yet.

Peters and others in positions of power have taken in pro days, examined countless hours of game film, and spent time with each prospect in contention over recent weeks. Dan Quinn freely admitted that discussions are ongoing, but this looks like a three-horse race with Caleb Williams destined for the Chicago Bears at No. 1 overall.

Despite J.J. McCarthy's recent momentum, the tentative choice is Jayden Daniels. The LSU prospect and Heisman Trophy winner boasts electrifying traits that cannot be taught. He's a little undersized compared to someone like Drake Maye, but that doesn't detract from the outstanding gifts he brings to the table.

Daniels is a dual threat capable of making things happen off-script with relative comfort. He's got everything one looks for in a modern-day quarterback. He also looks tailor-made for the offensive scheme being installed by Kliff Kingsbury.

That's the marquee arrival everyone is waiting for, but a daring trade-up could potentially solve another critical need…