Commanders news: Jayden Daniels, Adam Peters, rankings and shutting shop

Delving deeper into the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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We're almost there. Almost.

This is the last night Adam Peters and his staff will have to deliberate before the 2024 NFL Draft. While it's likely they've already settled on their chosen quarterback at No. 2 overall, there are still eight other picks to navigate and plenty of options on the table. The Washington Commanders put themselves in a strong position by trading stars such as Montez Sweat, Chase Young, and Sam Howell. Making the most of the team's rich capital is the tricky part.

The rumors, speculation, and scratching around for clues over the last few months are almost at an end. Hopefully, Peters' thorough preparations and improved collaboration within the building can see the Commanders lay another strong foundation for future success. After that, it'll be up to head coach Dan Quinn and his prolific staff to get this new-look roster on the same page.

While we wait for the big event to arrive, the stories causing debate include further momentum building around Jayden Daniels, Adam Peters' aggressiveness pointing towards a first-round trade, where the Commanders stack up in the pre-draft power rankings, and shutting up shop regarding the No. 2 pick.

Let's delve into each topic in more detail.

Will the Commanders trade up?

Much of the speculation centers on what the Washington Commanders have planned for the No. 2 pick. However, Adam Peters will also have to strategize for their other eight selections. Something that will also play a significant role in whether the draft is a success or not.

The next pressing item after a quarterback is finding a franchise left tackle to protect their new prized possession. When speaking to JP Finlay from NBC Sports, Jordan Reid from ESPN said he would be surprised if Peters stood pat and waited around for a blindside force. The up-and-coming draft analyst thinks the Commanders would be a team to watch regarding a potential trade back into the first round.

"I would be really surprised if AP [Adam Peters] sits back and waits on 36 or 40 for an offensive tackle. They have to get a tackle out of this draft. That 20 to 30 range is where he can look to move up."

The Commanders have the capital to pull something like this off, especially if offensive tackles of interest begin coming off the board. Peters must watch developments closely and strike with conviction when the opportunity arises. It will cost additional assets, but if Washington gets a left tackle for the next decade out of it, nobody will be complaining about the compensation.