Thursday, May 16, 2024

Washington Commanders 2024 power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Washington Commanders in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Most improved: Linebacker

For the long term, they're in a better spot at quarterback with Jayden Daniels. But he remains an unknown in the NFL. So for right now the Commanders improved their linebacking play considerably by adding Bobby Wagner and Frankie Luvu. Wagner might not be a Pro Bowl, three-down linebacker anymore, but he led the NFL in tackles (183) last season, and Luvu's pass-rush ability -- 12 combined sacks the past two years and 29 tackles for loss -- will provide a boost. -- John Keim -- Rank: 29

If Jayden Daniels wins Offensive Rookie of the Year, GM Adam Peters might be a dark-horse Executive of the Year candidate. The Commanders had a string of smart free-agent signings, with a mix of hungry veterans and established leaders, and they just brought in what looks like a very strong rookie class. I'll admit that, long-term, I prefer Drake Maye over Daniels. Not by a lot, though. I also wish Washington had invested in better offensive tackle talent for Daniels, but the complaints end there. The Johnny Newton pick kicked off a run of five Friday selections that made their class a winner for me no matter what they did on Saturday (safety Dominique Hampton was my favorite of their three Day 3 choices). If Newton flashes, maybe -- and I'm just spitballing here -- Jonathan Allen becomes available at the trade deadline. You can see the wheels just starting to roll in Washington, but I'm more encouraged about this franchise than I've been in years.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They have their quarterback to build around in Jayden Daniels now to go with a new owner and new coach. This is heading in the right direction.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

Between a very active draft — which featured six of the top 100 picks, including QB Jayden Daniels at No. 2 − and free agent intake, this roster has been heavily churned by new GM Adam Peters and HC Dan Quinn. It also appears to be significantly better, even if results in the win column don't manifest straight away.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

The Commanders completed their extreme home makeover (the owner, general manager and head coach are all brand new) with their quarterback of the future. At least, that's the hope. Former LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels was the most physically dynamic quarterback on the board, but he does not come without risk. Should be a fun season in Washington, which would be new, too.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 27

The Commanders spent a ton of money in free agency and had a boatload of draft capital to spend. That's the benefit of being so terrible that it requires a full reboot. I can't say expectations are high for the team, but it's going to be fun to watch Jayden Daniels begin his NFL career with a decent supporting cast around him.

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