Which quarterback will the Commanders take in the 2024 NFL Draft? (Jayden Daniels a slight favorite)

Washington is under new leadership this season. Which quarterback will lead the new regime? 
Quarterback Jayden Daniels 5 as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M.
Quarterback Jayden Daniels 5 as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M. / SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network / USA

Early last season, it seemed the Washington Commanders may have found their franchise quarterback. At 3-3 in mid-October, Washington was a dark horse to make the NFC playoffs.

However, Washington lost 10 of its final 11 games, and second-year quarterback Sam Howell, despite nearly 4,000 passing yards, led the NFL in interceptions (21). 

Sweeping changes were made in the offseason as Washington parted ways with head coach Ron Rivera and brought in former Falcons’ head coach and successful defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to replace him. 

Howell, a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft, was sent to the Seattle Seahawks in a deal that involved multiple draft picks. 

Holding the No. 2 overall pick, Washington is in prime position to draft a quarterback in the first round for the first time since Robert Griffin III in 2012. Who will the new regime take?

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Which quarterback will Washington take in 2024 NFL Draft?

The only pick in front of the Commanders seems obvious. USC quarterback Caleb Williams is -10000 to be taken No. 1 overall, which in all likelihood would be to Chicago barring some last-minute blockbuster trade for the top spot on the board.

Of the slew of quarterbacks projected to go in the first round, LSU signal-caller Jayden Daniels, the reigning Heisman Trophy Winner, is the clear-cut favorite to go No. 2 overall at -150, according to FanDuel Sports. That's an implied probability of 60% that Daniels will be drafted by the Commanders.

It seems to be a two-quarterback race for the No. 2 pick. Daniels might be the favorite, though North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye is well within striking distance (+150) to go No. 2 overall.

Washington has low expectations in 2024?

With Washington starting over with a new head coach and likely a rookie quarterback, the Commanders are long shots to make noise in the NFC postseason picture. Washington has a 2024 win total of just 6.5 games. The Commanders and New York Giants are equal long shots to win the NFC East at +1000.

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