NFL insider reveals Washington Commanders’ stance on trade offers for No. 2 pick, new QB buzz

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The Washington Commanders have kept their options open with the second overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. As decision time nears, it appears the Commanders’ front office is currently leaning strongly one way when it comes to taking a quarterback or trading down.

Washington has made it known that it is willing to trade the No. 2 overall pick. Despite the team being in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, Washington has positioned itself well to seize on the right offer if it came along.

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Both the Minnesota Vikings and Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly explored a variety of ways to land a top-five pick. While the Chicago Bears are taking Caleb Williams with the first overall pick, that still leaves franchise-caliber talents like Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels and J.J. McCarthy on the board.

Moving up to the second pick means any team gets its choice of the three signal-callers, landing an outstanding talent at the position. It’s why the Commanders have explored their options, even amid the front office and coaching staff making the trip to see the pro days for McCarthy, Daniels and Maye.

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Appearing on Sunday’s SportsCenter, ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler said that while the Commanders haven’t made a firm decision yet, the current offers for the No. 2 overall pick aren’t nearly enough in Washington’s eyes to move down.

“They’ve made calls but there haven’t been any sort of offers that have wowed Washington enough to move from that No. 2 spot. So, right now they’re standing pat. I checked with somebody with the team who said that they have not made any firm plans yet as to what they’re doing with that second overall pick.”

Jeremy Fowler on the Washington Commanders’ plans with the No. 2 pick

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As previously stated, Washington had a huge group of personnel attending the pro days for the North Carolina Tar Heels and LSU Tigers this past week. After getting an up-close look at both quarterbacks, there seems to be some early buzz on which of the two is now favored to be drafted second overall.

Fowler noted “there’s a little Jayden Daniels buzz” heading into April, refuting previous talk that McCarthy could be the No. 2 overall pick. While it’s still early in the process and the Commanders’ draft board won’t be finalized for several weeks, the team’s likely decision as of now is keeping the No. 2 pick and drafting Daniels.

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