Betting lines reveal heavy favorite for the Washington Commanders No. 2 overall pick

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The Washington Commanders own the second pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 25, 2024.

Overall, Washington has a plethora of first and second day picks to help improve their talent with six picks in the top 100 including one first-round choice at No. 2 overall, and two second-round selections.

The team will likely focus on a few priorities: securing a top quarterback, fixing its pass rush while improving its secondary and drafting new talent for their offensive line, which gave up the second most sacks in the NFL last year.

It seems a certainty that the Commanders general manager Adam Peters will use the number two overall selection to choose what they hope will be their long term answer at quarterback. With Caleb Williams almost a certainty to be selected by the Bears at number 1, the odds makers and gamblers are currently indicating that LSU QB Jayden Daniels will be the choice at number 2:

  • BetMGM: -275 (equates to a 71% probability)
  • FanDuel: -300
  • DraftKings: -275
  • ESPNBet: -300
  • Fanatics: -300
  • Caesars: -280

Quarterback Jayden Daniels 5 as the LSU Tigers take on Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in Baton

Jayden Daniels Intel

  • Two year starter at LSU (played 3 prior seasons at Arizona State)
  • Senior
  • 6′ 4″, 210 lbs
  • Hometown: San Bernardino, CA

2023 Stats

  • Started all 12 games his senior year at LSU
  • 3,812 passing yards (ranked 5th in FBS)
  • 40 passing TDs (2nd)
  • 4 INT
  • 72.2 completion % (7th)
  • 95.6 QBR (1st)
  • Led FBS with 11.7 yards per pass attempt and 8.4 yards per rush (only player to lead FBS in both in the same season since 1996).
  • Led all FBS QBs with school-QB record 1,134 rushing yards (135 carries, 8.4 per rush) and had 10 rushing TDs.
  • Awards: Heisman Trophy (nation’s top player), Walter Camp Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top QB), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation’s top QB). First-team Associated Press All-American. SEC Offensive Player of the Year. First-team All-SEC
  • Only player in FBS history to throw for 12,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career.
  • Team captain

Daniels as the favorite at pick 2 is a change from early April, when odds showed Drake Maye as the Commanders’ likely selection.

Some other possible options at #2 as predicted by current oddsmakers:

  • Drake Maye: +175 UNC QB
  • J.J. McCarthy: +1200 Michigan QB
  • Caleb Williams: +5000 USC QB
  • Marvin Harrison Jr.: +10000 Ohio State WR

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