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Commanders draft Jayden Daniels with the 2024 NFL Draft’s 2nd overall selection

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Washington Commanders drafted quarterback Jayden Daniels with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Daniels is projected to be the team’s starting quarterback. 

The new leadership in Washington with Adam Peters and Dan Quinn decided to choose Daniels over Drake Maye. A quarterback has gone in the Top 2 picks in the draft. 

Former LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels poses for portraits after being selected second overall by the Washington Commanders in the 2024 NFL draft
Jayden Daniels poses for portraits after being selected second overall by the Washington Commanders in the 2024 NFL draft (Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears used the No. 1 overall selection to draft Caleb Williams. 

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Daniels is expected to start right away. The Commanders traded Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks in the off-season. 

The new leadership hopes that Daniels will be able to turn the team’s fortunes around. Under former head coach Ron Rivera, the Commanders went 4-13 in 2023. 

Howell was the team’s starting quarterback. As a starter, he went 4-13. 

He went 388 of 612 for 3,946 yards. Howell also had 21 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. 

The 5-year college athlete went 236 of 327 for 3,812 yards during his final season in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He had 40 touchdown passes and four interceptions. 

Daniels won the Heisman Trophy in 2023. He is also considered one of the greatest college football players to ever play for the LSU Tigers. 

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Currently, Daniels will be backed up by veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota, who signed a one-year deal with Washington in March. 

Quinn — who has received his second head coaching opportunity — is banking on Daniels to become a star. Daniels will work with offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and quarterbacks coach Tavita Pritchard. 

Kingsbury was previously the Arizona Cardinals head coach. He was considered to be the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator before withdrawing from the job. 

The 44-year-old Kingsbury has been known to utilize the Air Raid offense.

Pritchard will have a role in the NFL for the first time after previously coaching for the Stanford Cardinal.

He was previously the Cardinal offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2018 through 2022. Pritchard became the Commanders’ quarterbacks coach before the 2023 season.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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