Commanders QB guessing game a sign of changing times

Nobody knows which way the Commanders are leaning, and that's a good thing.
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The quarterback guessing game heading into the 2024 NFL Draft is a sign of ever-changing times within the Washington Commanders.

Everyone has an opinion about what the Washington Commanders should do from No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. While the consensus centers on those in power taking a quarterback - especially after they decided to trade Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks - who general manager Adam Peters and his team will bring into the fold remains a mystery.

That's exactly how the new general manager wants it.

Peters is going about his business with efficiency not seen in Washington for some time. He's completely changed the football operation quickly, establishing a level of professionalism and moving with a direct purpose for sustained growth that was sorely lacking previously.

Commanders doing things differently under Adam Peters

More importantly, everything is being kept in-house. There are few - if any - leaks to the media. It's a tight-knit unit working in unison at long last.

This is a trend likely to continue under Peters' watch. The Commanders are braced for a franchise-altering decision at No. 2 overall. They are leaving no stone unturned and covering every base before reaching a final decision. Body language and movements will be examined throughout the week with pro days surrounding the top four signal-callers emerging from the college ranks. But at the end of the day, nobody will be any closer to finding out one way or another.

Most mock drafts have the Commanders picking either Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels. Some have them trading down and taking J.J. McCarthy. Talk of trading up for Caleb Williams has died down, but nothing has been ruled out in that regard.

It's a guessing game. If Peters has his way, it'll be the case right up until the big night. This is a sign of ever-changing times within the organization as part of their ambitious plans with Josh Harris' ownership group leading the charge. It's also a breath of fresh air.

The Commanders are moving differently under Peters. No longer are details about moves becoming public knowledge ahead of time. The new front-office leader doesn't want to tip his hand on any transaction. He wants to keep other teams on their toes and maintain leverage at all times. This is the right way to conduct business, but those in power must still get their pick right to stand any chance of prospering in the coming years.

For fans, it's an exciting yet nervous time. There's a cautious level of optimism that better days are ahead. However, most have been scarred by incompetent mismanagement over the last 20 years to be fully bought in right now.

Peters is looking to change all that. He's off to a promising start following his high-profile switch from the San Francisco 49ers. But unless he hits on his future franchise quarterback, it will be an uphill battle.

It won't be much longer before we find out who Peters and his brain trust will task with getting the Commanders out of football poverty and back into the limelight. Until then, don't expect any hints or clues from those in the organization.

After all, this is a new era in every sense of the term.