Commanders bet on long-term upside with Jordan Magee at No. 139

The Commanders' latest draft pick comes with intrigue attached.
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After one of the most memorable Day 2 selection processes for the Washington Commanders in recent memory, general manager Adam Peters had the chance to cement a strong 2024 NFL Draft - his first at the helm - over Rounds 4-7. This is normally the time when starting-caliber players diminish considerably, but there are countless examples throughout league history of unheralded players who went on to have Pro Football Hall of Fame careers.

Peters' reputation as a gifted talented evaluator came to the fore in no uncertain terms over the opening two days. He manipulated the board extremely well, took the best prospects available at the time, and filled some key needs for good measure.

Commanders draft Jordan Magee at No. 139 overall

The Commanders had three selections to begin Day 3. Peters had to bide his time before going on the clock in Round 5, but he's done an outstanding job of preparing for every eventuality, remaining completely relaxed and firmly focused on making sure the correct characters are sought.

As it turned out, the Commanders ended up picking Jordan Magee at No. 139 overall. The linebacker out of Temple fits the mold of what Peters has looked for during his debut draft in the prominent leadership position. This centers on intelligent, athletic football players with previous experience of leading front the front.

Magee might not be the biggest, but he's athletic and instinctive. He's a two-time team captain who communicates superbly pre-snap. There's also a lot to like about his credentials as a blitzer and in coverage. This explosiveness can also be an asset on special teams.

Although Magee will be down the depth chart initially, that's typically the case for prospects taken at this stage. However, he's at least been provided with a chance to showcase what he can do. Learning from veterans such as Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner isn't the worst spot to be in, either.

If the POSITION works hard, demonstrates a willingness to learn under Dan Quinn's staff, and gradually begins to impose himself, one couldn't dismiss the possibility of the prospect forcing his way into the team's long-term plans. Of course, there's also a chance it goes the other way.

Finding productive performers with the hunger to overcome the odds as the draft winds down separates the contending teams from the also-rans. Peters knows that better than most after he was part of the brain trust that took a chance on quarterback Brock Purdy. If he can have similar success in the nation's capital, no fan will be complaining.

Magee has a shot. Nurturing his gifts will be critical.