NFL Draft Rumors: Commanders Rejecting Trade Offers for No. 2 Overall Pick

Despite all of the trade talk in the top five of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Commanders are unlikely to take part, as they plan to stay with the No. 2 pick.

The 2024 NFL Draft is just days away, and things are heating up in the rumor mill. However, some rumors are also being shut down, including any saying the Washington Commanders are considering trading the second-overall pick. Here’s the latest word on the situation.

Washington Commanders Reportedly Turning Down Trade Offers for No. 2 Overall Pick

The majority of draft rumors have been about who could move down and who could move up, especially in terms of the top-five and quarterback-needy teams. However, the Commanders will not be one of the teams moving down.

According to Dianna Russini of The Athletic, teams trying to move up for a quarterback calling Washington are being told they will not be moving. That shouldn’t be surprising either, considering what new general manager Adam Peters has told the media recently.

“We feel great about staying at No. 2,” Peters said. “I don’t see a whole lot of scenarios where we trade down, to be honest with you.”

Who Could the Commanders Select at No. 2?

“We’re real close,” Peters said of deciding who they will take. “There’s still a few more things in the process we have to do.”

Considering the Chicago Bears are likely selecting USC’s Caleb Williams, that leaves the rest of the board for Washington.

That begs the question, who will the Commanders select? They could take Ohio State’s WR Marvin Harrison Jr., arguably the best player in the class, but it’s more than likely a quarterback whom they’re targeting. Here are their options.

Drake Maye, UNC

The first quarterback the Commanders could take is UNC’s Drake Maye, who some think might even be better than Williams, including Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings. “Drake Maye is my QB1 in the 2024 NFL Draft and a top-three prospect along with Marvin Harrison Jr. and Caleb Williams,” Cummings said.

“It’s close between him and Williams for QB1, but Maye arguably has the best balance of physical talent and operational utility,” Cummings said. “Maye and Williams have some differentiating factors within their archetypes … Beyond his natural talent, Maye shows off very promising operational qualities for a young QB.”

Some of Maye’s best attributes include his size and prototypical build, his high-level velocity generation, corrective mobility, and foot quickness, among many other things. Some of his weaknesses, however, include his developing footwork, tendency to force throws, and situational precision.

READ MORE: Drake Maye Scouting Report

Jayden Daniels, LSU

Another option is the Heisman winner from 2023, LSU’s Jayden Daniels. “Daniels grades out as a top-15 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft and a legitimate franchise QB option in the class,” Cummings said.

“He’s my QB3 behind Drake Maye and Caleb Williams, and there’s a slight gap between them — but Daniels is still worth the investment as a franchise-leading force under center,” Cummings said. “Daniels’ Heisman-winning 2023 campaign was a microcosm of his big-play ability.”

Some of Daniels’ best attributes include his turbocharged athleticism and rare speed, big-play generation, efficient and quick release, and pocket operation. Some of his weaknesses include his light weight at 210 pounds, non-elite arm strength, and lack of high-end arm elasticity.

READ MORE: Jayden Daniels’ Scouting Report

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

Finally, there’s a potential surprise pick in Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy. “McCarthy grades out as a top-25 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft,” Cummings said.

“He’s a contender for QB3 alongside LSU’s Jayden Daniels. Williams and Maye are separated as the top QB prospects, but McCarthy is in the next tier down, and with his profile and youth, he could command early first-round capital,” Cummings said. “A tremendous physical foundation is what buoys McCarthy’s profile in the first-round range.”

Some of his best attributes include his high velocity, superb athleticism, pocket movement, and generally good aerial accuracy. Some of his weaknesses include his lighter playing weight, dropping his eyes under pressure, and tendency to make ill-advised throws.

READ MORE: J.J. McCarthy Scouting Report

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