One bold prediction for Washington Commanders No. 2 overall pick Jayden Daniels in 2024

Will Jayden Daniels live up to the hype?
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The Washington Commanders erased any doubt about who they would be selecting No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft by sticking with their guns and taking 2023 Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels.

While there were some reports that the team was leaning towards either North Carolina’s Drake Maye or even Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy, the Commanders moves in other areas seemed to indicate it was always Daniels.  Both the trade of Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks and the hiring of Kliff Kingbury as offensive coordinator were both indications the team had plans to bring in the LSU product.

Now that he’s officially the next hope for the Commanders at the QB position, what are the expectations of the 6-foot-4 dual threat quarterback? 

Washington Commanders will put Jayden Daniels in the best position to succeed

Well, he won’t be throwing to the likes of Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr., but the Commanders have surrounded him with some talent that includes veteran receivers Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson.  The Commanders also have added Zach Ertz and drafted a couple more playmakers in rookies Luke McCaffrey and tight end Ben Sinnott who should be Year 1 contributors.

In the backfield, Kingsbury will have Austin Ekeler and Brian Robinson Jr. to work with as he will create a gameplan that will help Daniels succeed as a Year 1 QB in the league.  Will he be an NFC Rookie Offensive Player of the Year candidate?  With Kingsbury as OC, the offense surrounding Daniels will certainly be more dynamic.  How successful the Commanders will be overall will be on how quickly Daniels adapts.

Jayden Daniels sets his own tone in the NFL

An NFL Mocks bold prediction for Daniels is that he will remind fans of Robert Griffin III in his rookie season.  Griffin II happened to be taken No. 2 overall back in 2012.  Also a Heisman Trophy winner, RGIII came in and took the league by storm as he made the Pro Bowl and won 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  He was the savior of the franchise, but that storm quickly faded into a drizzle as RGIII was hampered by injuries and never lived up to his rookie success.

Due to Chicago Bears rookie QB Caleb Williams being the No. 1 overall pick, the spotlight won’t be on Daniels to start the season, but he will have surpass RGIII in passing yards with over 3500 in his rookie season as he’ll form quick chemistry with both McLaurin and Dotson.The passing yards will be solid, but it is the touchdown numbers that are the bold prediction here.Daniels will pass for 18-20 TDs in Year 1 while rushing for another 5 touchdowns which will really draw the comparisons to Lamar Jackson.