Commanders news: Jayden Daniels, Adam Peters, Ben Sinnott and 2025 draft

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Commanders got outside help with Jayden Daniels pick

Although Jayden Daniels was seemingly their guy from a long way out, the Washington Commanders still went through a comprehensive assessment process to be sure. They turned over every stone and left nothing to chance in pursuit of finding the right quarterback to spearhead this exciting new era. There is complete confidence they've done just that in the Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU.

Daniels impressed those in power during meetings and with his exceptional college production with the Tigers and Arizona State. According to John Keim of ESPN, general manager Adam Peters also sought the advice of people he respects from outside the organization before making this move official.

Keim stated that Herm Edwards, Brandon Aiyuk, and Kyle Shanahan were all asked about their thoughts on Daniels. They were all incredibly high in their praise of the dynamic signal-caller, which reflected the thoughts of Peters and Dan Quinn about the player en route to taking him at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

"[Jayden] Daniels had advocates outside of Washington as well. Former Arizona State coach Herm Edwards, who recruited Daniels and coached him for three years, told Peters that Daniels "was a man; don't let his youth fool you." One source said San Francisco receiver Brandon Aiyuk, a close friend of Daniels', sang his pal's praises to Peters. And San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan, with whom Peters worked for seven years, also gave Daniels a glowing review."

Daniels has everything going for him. The one genuine concern centers on his slender frame, so the Commanders must devise a plan and scheme that limits the risk of injury while also building up the player's physique before he embarks on being their Week 1 start and potential franchise presence under center.

If everything around Daniels lives up to its end of the bargain, expect the quarterback to make a strong run at the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award next season.