Grading Commanders' last six first-round picks ahead of 2024 NFL Draft

It's been a mixed bag...
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The Washington Commanders are gearing up for one of the most important first-round decisions in franchise history. Adam Peters has the No. 2 overall selection, which many believe will be used to pick what will hopefully become their new franchise quarterback. Someone capable of providing stability to a position that's been sorely lacking production-wise since Kirk Cousins bolted in free agency.

It's been a thorough process with very few leaks emerging from the organization. The Commanders hosted Jayden Daniels, J.J. McCarthy, Drake Maye, and Michael Penix Jr. as part of their evaluation process. This was the final chance to examine their personalities before the big night.

Debates have been fierce and speculation rampant among the fanbase and media. Everyone has an opinion and is searching for the slightest clue that might tip Peters' hand. Thanks to the improved professionalism in the building, nobody knows for sure.

Peters is a respected talent evaluator who's done some great things in front offices around the league. His primary objective is getting this call right to improve what's been an indifferent period for first-round selections in Washington under previous regimes.

As excitement builds ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft, we took a look back and graded the last six first-round selections made by the Commanders.

Dwayne Haskins

  • Quarterback | Ohio State Buckeyes
  • No. 15 overall | 2019 NFL Draft

Dwayne Haskins' story is a modern tragedy. The Washington Commanders had no business picking the quarterback at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for everyone associated with the franchise, Dan Snyder threw his weight around and reportedly demanded the pick be made. It didn't take long to figure out his talent wasn't worthy of such a high-end selection.

Haskins was a standup guy and well-liked by teammates. He never looked comfortable under center and was thrown to the wolves. Once Ron Rivera came in as head coach, the Ohio State product's days were numbered.

The signal-caller started 13 games before the Commanders cut ties. He ended up with the Pittsburgh Steelers but tragically passed away after being struck by a dump truck aged just 24 years old.

Grade: D-

This was a bad pick and Haskins landed in the worst possible environment. We can all thank Snyder for that.