Commanders 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft: Final countdown edition

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Commanders draft Drake Maye

  • Quarterback | North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Round No. 1 | No. 2 overall

Many pundits have selected Jayden Daniels as the No. 2 pick, though reports have made it clear that the decision has yet to be made on the selection. I believe the dilemma here is the style of play at the position.

Do the Washington Commanders want someone who can force defenses to play true 11-on-11 and be a true nightmare with his legs, or do they want the prototypical passer with a big arm and plenty of athleticism but phenomenal pocket navigation ability and field vision?

These are the discussions Dan Quinn and Adam Peters are having. I believe that when it comes down to a final verdict, Drake Maye will be the selection at No. 2 overall.

During my film evaluations, I came away very impressed with Daniels' skill set as a passer and runner. He is arguably the most accurate quarterback in the class and processes the field very well. However, I had questions about his ability to work and attack the middle of the field.

His arm is good but not elite and Daniels sometimes struggles to attack secondary anticipation windows. With Maye, I have very little concern with him in these respective areas.

The stylistic comparisons of Maye to Justin Herbert make a ton of sense. He has above-average athleticism, an arm that allows him to attack all levels of the field consistently, elite pocket management skills, and the field vision to work through progressions and reads at a high level. The North Carolina prospect will have the usual rookie struggles at his position due to the current roster environment, but he does have a nice tandem of wide receivers to work with in Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson.

Maye is my No. 2 ranked quarterback and an easy top 10 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. This makes a lot of sense and offers the skill set to thrive in Washington, giving the District of Columbia its new potential face of sports in the area.