Commanders draft Jayden Daniels
- Quarterback | LSU Tigers
- No. 36 overall
These are the idiosyncrasies of the Pro Football Network draft tool. Two months ago, I was routinely getting Jayden Daniels in the third round. I would take him every time.
His stock has continued to rise throughout the season. His recent Heisman Trophy win will only elevate his profile. In the run-ups to this mock, he was always off the board by the Commanders' second pick. But then, lo and behold, Daniels was sitting there in this one.
I am increasingly convinced that the Washington Commanders will take a quarterback in one of the first three rounds. I don’t mean that as a knock on Sam Howell, but I suppose it is on some level.
I still believe Howell can be a very good quarterback for Washington. But the position is so vital to a team’s success that you have to double down until you are certain you have your man.
Some prefer the size of Drake Maye, the accuracy of Bo Nix, or the play-making skill of Caleb Williams. To me, Daniels offers the best of it all.
He can do everything you want a modern quarterback to do. Daniels has good size, good mobility, and a good arm. He had a spectacular final season at LSU, but it wasn’t as if that came out of nowhere. He had been very good both before and after the COVID years.
Daniels is already a dynamic playmaker, and he is trending up.
Others to consider: Michael Penix Jr., Taliese Fuaga, J.T. Tuimoloau.