2024 NFL Mock Draft: How Many QBs Go In The 1st Round?

2. Washington Commanders: QB Drake Maye (North Carolina)

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Maye is generally considered to be the second-best quarterback in this class. Maye comes from a system that accentuates his strengths. He’s a big guy at 6-foot-5 with plus throwing power. Maye can run decently well with the football — though his bread-and-butter exists when pumping the ball downfield. The only real knock on him could be sitting with spotty footwork. With a little bit of extra polish, you’re looking at a potential Pro Bowler down the line.

Sam Howell is clearly not the answer. Washington needs a franchise-level talent to help get the team out of the NFC East cellar. Maye would not only give the Commanders a much-needed jolt from an ability standpoint, but he’d also get some buzz back in Washington. New head coach Dan Quinn has to hit here for the Commanders to have any chance at being competitive in the division moving forward.