The Washington Commanders were projected to make a bold splash under new general manager Adam Peters in CBS Sports' latest mock draft.
Exciting times are ahead for the Washington Commanders. Adam Peters is leading the football operations as their new general manager. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but optimism is extremely high given the front office figure's outstanding credentials.
The Commanders could be embarking on a fast rebuild if they hit on their major moves this offseason. They should be big players in free agency with substantial resources at their disposal. Peters also has the benefit of vast draft assets, including the No. 2 overall selection.
There are countless avenues the Commanders could go down with the second pick. They could trade down for more capital. They could select a premier offensive tackle. They could take a genuine game-changing wide receiver in Marvin Harrison Jr. These are intriguing possibilities, but all signs point to Washington selecting their potential franchise quarterback under the new regime.
Commanders trade up for Caleb Williams in CBS Sports mock
This was a sentiment echoed by Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports in his latest mock draft. But instead of Peters settling at No. 2, he projected the Commanders to make a daring move up to No. 1 overall for USC signal-caller Caleb Williams.
"Washington will have a new head coach, a new general manager and an owner looking to jumpstart an organization that has had eight straight losing seasons. It has to get the quarterback right, and while Caleb Williams is my QB1, he will have competition. And if the Commanders think they have their guy, they'll trade up to get him -- even if it's just one spot -- before someone else does. "- Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
Peters will be aiming to make his presence felt during his first offseason in charge. This is a good way to go about it, although the compensation touted by Wilson does seem a little steep all things considered.
Even though Williams would never admit it publicly beforehand, this is a dream come true scenario. The quarterback is a lifelong Washington fan. He hails from the DC area. Getting the chance to lead his hometown team into such an exciting period of change represents a win-win scenario for all parties.
Williams is a special talent. He's a gifted playmaker capable of making things happen on or off script. Few very have his field vision or his ability to manipulate arm angles to his advantage. Talk of his character concerns seems way off the mark given the comments of coaches and teammates.
The Chicago Bears are in a unique position, of course. They have the No. 1 pick for the second straight year following their trade-down with the Carolina Panthers in 2023. Their next move will be entirely dependent on the Justin Fields situation heading into Year 4 of his professional career.
Washington will wait patiently for things to unfold. Their outlook at the position is clearer after Sam Howell's regression over the second half of 2023. They need a fresh start at the position. Whether it's Williams, Drake Maye, or perhaps even Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels is the big question.
Buckle up. An eventful offseason awaits.