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Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels passes Bryce Young, the No. 1 pick in 2023.

By meerna Jul11,2024
Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels passes Bryce Young, the No. 1 pick in 2023.

If you have a team with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, you probably have fans and media telling you they have to draft a quarterback. But in the case of the Washington Commanders, they could get a better No. 2 pick this year than they did with the No. 1 pick last year.

Of course, a revisionist version of history would have the Commanders selecting Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud with the first overall pick in 2023, rather than Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young, who in real life was selected by the Carolina Panthers.

Still, the fact that Washington could get a better quarterback in one year and one fewer pick than Young, who was taken with the top pick in 2023, is interesting. And in the mind of BucsGameday’s River Wells, who recently took on the challenge of ranking 32 projected NFL quarterbacks, that’s the reality we live in today, with Daniels at No. 24 and Young at No. 25.

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Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels

June 5, 2024; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) passes the ball during OTA practice at Commanders Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

“Doubters have a right to be concerned about Jayden Daniels’ slim figure and his somewhat self-destructive tendencies as a runner.”

River Wells, QB Rankings

“Doubters should rightly be concerned about Jayden Daniels’ slight frame and somewhat self-destructive tendencies as a runner, but he has a lot of athleticism that could be utilized in his rookie year,” Wells said of Daniels, who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face in Week 1. “He also has a strong WR1 option in Terry McLaurin in Washington.”

Concerns about Daniels’ health date back to his days at Arizona State, where some saw the beginnings of his athletic ability and worried whether the quarterback could withstand the abuse of Power 5 college football.

Now, with the NFL looming, the connection between Daniels and another mobile quarterback, a Heisman Trophy winner whose career was hampered by injuries, is, for many observers, too close for comfort.

As for Young, his position behind Daniels isn’t directly tied to the Washington quarterback, but it is indicative of the Panthers’ current position in the NFL hierarchy.

“Bryce Young’s struggles with the Panthers last year could have been due to the extreme lack of talent around him, and while he made some great throws in his first year with the Panthers, a sub-60% pass completion rate and just 2,877 passing yards will be unacceptable in his second season,” Wells said, and we tend to agree with him.

Looking at the rankings, there are a few quarterbacks like Gardner Minshew of the Las Vegas Raiders, Russell Wilson of the Pittsburgh Steelers and even Derek Carr of the New Orleans Saints, and we believe Daniels could be ranked higher by the end of the season. If he stays healthy and if his dangerous athletic ability translates to the NFL.

For those concerned, Wells may be biased, as the quarterback he directly monitors — Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield — is ranked 20th overall.

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