NFL head coach thinks Commanders draft choice at No. 2 is simple

The anonymous head coach called the decision a 'no-brainer'.
Adam Peters
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It's almost crunch time for the Washington Commanders. Adam Peters will end months of speculation and hearsay by choosing the team's next franchise quarterback at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. After keeping the cards close to his chest, the big reveal is almost upon us.

Excitement is building among the fanbase and with good reason. If the Commanders can hit this pick out of the proverbial ballpark, it could end up being the spark that awakens a sleeping giant. Should Peters get it wrong, then his ambitious plans will get knocked off course. That's how high the stakes are during his first draft as general manager.

Despite the supposed unhappiness about having to meet the Commanders with three other signal-callers in contention - which was blown out of proportion - momentum continues to build around Jayden Daniels. The LSU prospect might not be everyone's choice, but one anonymous NFL head coach believes the pick would be pretty simple if he were in Peters' shoes.

Commanders should take Jayden Daniels at No. 2 overall

When speaking to Adam Schefter of ESPN - who reaffirmed his belief that the signs point to Daniels - the head coach saw this as a no-brainer, highlighting that the Heisman Trophy winner could be the best quarterback in this class when it's all said and done.

"Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jayden Daniels (LSU) knows he's entering the draft, not free agency, which is why he is ready to accept wherever he is selected and attempt to become the face of that franchise. While Daniels would have liked more face time with Commanders officials during his visit last week -- which included three of the other top quarterbacks in the class -- the signs continue to point to Washington taking him at No. 2.

"The Commanders have been highly impressed with Daniels' abilities, and they are not alone. One NFL head coach whose team is not in the quarterback market said he would take Daniels over Caleb Williams (USC), who is expected to be drafted No. 1 by the Bears. "It's a no-brainer to me," the coach said. "Jayden looks like the best guy in this draft."

Daniels has the game-changing traits associated with productive modern-day players under center. He's a dual-treat in every sense of the term, boasting exceptional elusiveness and speed capable of turning even the most complex scramble into large gains on the ground. But he's much more than that.

When the time comes for Daniels to stay in the pocket and go through his progressions, he accomplishes this with outstanding efficiency. His arm strength can get the football downfield urgently and on time. There's also a lot to like about his outside-throwing velocity and decision-making to further raise intrigue.

If the Commanders can teach Daniels how to limit punishment without jeopardizing his ability to conjure magic, it's all systems go. He'll add weight gradually - that's typically the case with players deemed undersized or slender in build. But make no mistake, Dan Quinn and his staff will have a plan ready to go once their chosen prospect comes into the fold.

After months of waiting, decision time has arrived. One that can hopefully provide the Commanders with a quarterback capable of spearheading them into Super Bowl contention in the not-too-distant future.