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Why Commanders Should Draft Drake Maye Over Jayden Daniels

While many expect the Washington Commanders to eye certain traits in their next quarterback, one mock draft has them going the other way.

The Washington Commanders have said publicly that the ability to throw a deep ball is one of the things they prioritize in their starting quarterback. 

In addition to a big arm, the Commanders covet a quarterback who can extend plays as needed.

Simply looking at those traits it would seem Washington is going to target either USC's Caleb Williams or LSU's Jayden Daniels in this year's NFL Draft since both have big arms and major upside athletically.

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye and LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels.

North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye and LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels.

But The 33rd Team sees it differently, instead targeting North Carolina's Drake Maye at pick No. 2.

"Maye looks the part and possesses surprising athleticism, allowing him to threaten defenses with his legs," The 33rd Team wrote. "That said, Maye doesn't have the cannon for an arm you'd expect for his size. He looks like Justin Herbert with his stature and running ability, but his arm strength is closer to average than elite."

The outlet goes on to say that Maye's consistency compared to that of Daniels helps set him apart but that leaning toward the LSU quarterback is certainly within the realm of logical decision-making. 

Since the conclusion of the NFL Scouting Combine, many have projected Daniels to land with the Commanders including former coach Ron Rivera who recently said, "You've got Kliff Kingsbury, a guy that likes the mobile quarterback - a quarterback that can move in the pocket - that can make the plays when they're downfield and throw the football. I think the big thing is you've got to have a mobile quarterback."

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27.