4 Best Plays For Washington Commanders In 2024 NFL Draft
The Washington Commanders continue to have one of the most interesting situations entering the offseason.
Washington became the last team to hire a head coach this cycle and landed on Dan Quinn. He brought over Joe Whitt Jr. from Dallas to be the defensive coordinator. The Commanders were also able to lure Kliff Kingsbury away from Las Vegas to become the offensive coordinator. With the hiring of Kingsbury, it has sparked rumors about the Commanders and Caleb Williams.
Washington currently holds the second pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and will have man options. Below, there are four to choose from.
4. Trade Back
Josh Harris made his first splash as owner when he hired Adam Peters to be his General Manager. Peters has had success everywhere he has been including winning championships with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. Over the last seven years, he has been a huge part in building the San Francisco 49ers.
Peters has built the Niners with aggressive moves during the season but mainly through the draft. Washington currently has five picks in the top 105. If it wants to gain more, the Commanders could trade back with a team looking for a quarterback. This would put Washington in position to draft a lineman, potentially Joe Alt from Notre Dame.
3. Draft Wide Receiver at No. 2
This is an opinion that should be getting more attention.
Marvin Harrison Jr. and Malik Nabers are two players that have a chance to be the best receivers in football in two years. Washington will be looking for a third receiver this offseason to join Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson. Move Dotson to the slot and pair McLaurin and Harrison Jr. on the outside. How is this not attractive?
The response to that will be, ‘well, who is throwing them the ball?’ And it is a fair response. The answer could be a veteran for one year, maybe a second-round pick on Michael Penix, or even make a trade for Justin Fields. If the Chicago Bears decide to trade Williams, this means Fields will be up for grabs and Washington could offer a second-round pick.
Right now, the Commanders need more than a quarterback. Sometimes it is about adding the best player available rather than reaching on a quarterback.
2. Trade Up For Caleb Williams
This has been the attractive option since Kingsbury was hired. He worked with Williams last season at USC and has experience with other young quarterbacks. This includes Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech and Kyler Murray in Arizona.
The problem is, the Bears might want too much for this pick.
The Commanders should not be eager to trade away multiple draft picks, including first-rounders, to move up one spot. This is not a winning strategy. Look at how it worked out for the Carolina Panthers. Once again, the team is in need of many things to fill holes. This can be done through the draft and the organization has one of the best front-office minds making decisions.
1. Draft Next Quarterback With No. 2 Pick
The easy option would be to just draft a quarterback with the second-overall pick. It remains likely that Williams goes to Chicago. If this is the case, Washington will have the choice of Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels.
The Commanders brought in trustworthy football minds that they hope can nail the draft. With Kingsbury leading the offense, Peters will look for a quarterback that will fit.