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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Jayden Daniels momentum grows

Now that the Washington Commanders have chosen to stick at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft, speculation remains about which quarterback will be their guy. Those in power are reportedly higher on J.J. McCarthy than Drake Maye based on reports from those outside the decision-making process. But the momentum continues to build around Jayden Daniels being the choice when push comes to shove.

Daniels is the overwhelming favorite among sportsbooks and analysts alike. Peter Schrager from the NFL Network and FOX Sports went one step further, claiming he'd be willing to put his name on the Commanders taking the Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.

“I feel like the last few days things have settled a bit, and I don’t know if there have been conversations with Dan Quinn or with Kliff Kingsbury, but from all the intel that I’m gathering, it sounds like Daniels to the Commanders is a lot more likely than it might have been on Friday. I would put my name on him going at number two to Washington."

While it's known that very few leaks are coming from within the franchise, it's had to ignore this sort of momentum. Daniels is an electrifying prospect with genuine dual-threat capabilities. He's also gradually building up his physique and adding muscle mass to alleviate concerns about his slender frame.

There have been rumors about Daniels wanting to go elsewhere and not being too pleased about how his 30 visit was handled, but this seems to be dying down. His representatives cleared the air with the Commanders when things began to blow out of proportion. Now, it looks like the signal-caller will be tasked with spearheading an exciting new era in Washington within offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's dynamic scheme.

That might be a smokescreen of epic proportions. But where there's smoke, there's typically fire at this stage of the assessment process.