Which Washington Commanders' news stories are hitting the headlines as the team prepares for one final official practice session before their summer break?
Everyone around the Washington Commanders has a different vibe around them currently. A new era could dawn before training camp barring any last-minute setbacks regarding the sale, which officially concludes one of the most turbulent eras in franchise history once and for all.
While that's welcome news, it does nothing to detract from the importance of getting things right throughout the preparation period and when the regular season arrives. It's also bringing almost constant headlines, which recently include Sam Howell being compared to a Pro Football Hall of Famer, second-year safety Percy Butler gaining plaudits, Jahan Dotson's potential breakout 2023 season, and the Commanders taking a quarterback in Pro Football Nettwork's mock draft.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders draft Quinn Ewers in 2024 mock
There is a lot of football to be played between now and the 2024 NFL Draft. However, analysts around the country are already putting projections in place with the college football season just two months away.
Picking at No. 8 overall in a mock draft from Ian Cummings of the Pro Football Network and formerly of Riggo's Rag, the Commanders selected quarterback Quinn Ewers. Even though confidence is high in Sam Howell, another top-10 pick would indicate things haven't gone quite according to plan.
"Much like the Falcons, we can also assume the Commanders need a QB if they end up picking in the top 10 with their roster. Quinn Ewers gives them the high-end passing talent that Sam Howell doesn’t quite have, and Ewers has the gunslinger’s edge required to get the most out of the WR rotation of Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, and Curtis Samuel."- Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network
Ewers has untold potential, but things need to click for the signal-caller this season. The intangibles are there for all to see, but he represents an unpolished diamond with just 10 starts under center to his name so far.