Sportsbook makes slight Commanders draft pendulum shift at No. 2 overall

The tide has slightly turned once again.

Drake Maye
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Drake Maye's chances of being chosen by the Washington Commanders at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft took a slight shift forward.

Hype is building around which quarterback the Washington Commanders will select at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. This is the hottest topic for discussion above all else among the fanbase. Most have admitted defeat in their dream of bringing Caleb Williams home, leaving them focused on three potential candidates to become what everyone hopes will be the team's future franchise presence under center.

It looked for a long time as if this would be a straight battle between Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye for the No. 2 pick. While that might still be the case considering nobody knows which way general manager Adam Peters is leaning, Michigan prospect J.J. McCarthy is another potential candidate thanks to his soaring stock in recent weeks.

Everyone has an opinion. Nobody knows for sure. Not even Peters or head coach Dan Quinn.

Commanders draft odds on Drake Maye take noteworthy shift

There was a pendulum shift from DraftKings Sportsbook that lent additional weight towards Maye being the choice. The North Carolina gunslinger's odds came in slightly to +110 (bet $100 to win $110). This makes him almost even money and the clear second favorite behind Daniels.

The Heisman Trophy winner drifted slightly as a result. Daniels remains the odds-on clubhouse leader, but the price is a little more favorable at -130 (bet $130 to win $100) for bettors. It's tight once again between the two, which only increases the uncertainty surrounding Washington's upcoming dilemma.

Don't count McCarthy out, either. Sportsbooks tumbled his odds last week after a standout showcase of his throwing ability at Michigan's pro day. He remains solid at +300 (bet $100 to win $300), but is still behind Daniels and Maye.

This adds another layer of fascination to this complex equation. It's also another sign that there has yet to be a confirmed tell from within the building as Peters adopts a more professional approach to the football operation.

Anyone expecting the Commanders to tip their hand before the big night might be out of luck. Peters is leaving nothing to chance and keeping every available option open. This also keeps teams around them in the draft on their toes, frantically coming up with contingency plans in the event Washington takes their preferred target.

In truth, there are worse spots. Williams to the Chicago Bears at No. 1 overall seems like a foregone conclusion. Washington controls the draft's direction after that. Whether the improvement in Maye's odds means anything in the grand scheme is things is debatable, but it's noteworthy nonetheless.

For fans, the process is becoming a little tiresome. They're eagerly awaiting their new quarterback - whoever that might be. Whichever one they choose, they'll be welcomed with open arms.

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