Massive Movement Needed for Jayden Daniels

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There has never been a point during this current NFL Draft cycle when the Chicago Bears weren’t going to take Caleb Williams first overall. That was the plan from the get-go, and it was further solidified when they traded Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, it also appears certain that Jayden Daniels will go second overall.

Massive Movement Needed for Jayden Daniels

As things stand, the Washington Commanders are slated to draft second overall, followed by the New England Patriots. Heading into the bulk of this draft cycle, Drake Maye was projected to be the second most coveted quarterback, but that appears to have shifted.

Jayden Daniels is coming off a season for the LSU Tigers in which he not only won the Heisman Trophy but orchestrated one of the most statistically impressive campaigns in recent memory. He put up numbers through the air with his arm and racked up rushing yards on the ground with impressive scrambling skills. Everything about the season was one to remember.

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Quarterback Jayden Daniels 5 runs the ball as the LSU Tigers take on Georgia State in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 18, 2023. © SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network / USA TODAY NETWORK.

The most significant question mark for Daniels has been his size. Few quarterbacks in the NFL can move around like he does, take hits, and remain available on a weekly basis. How much of that skillset translates to the next level remains to be seen, but it appears that Washington is ready to find out.

Minnesota has been in the market for a top quarterback prospect for weeks now, and after Kirk Cousins went to Atlanta, it became full steam ahead on that front for Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. With two first-round draft picks to his credit, it stands to reason that the Vikings intend to move up the draft board. If they want Daniels, though, it will take something of a Godfather offer.

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Landing either Maye or Daniels and effectively luring them away from a pair of teams and needing a quarterback seems nearly impossible. It won’t happen for a pair of first-round picks, and it won’t happen for three of them, either. At this point, getting into the top three should be expected to include a package of no less than four picks, three of which happen in the first round. How far down that path Minnesota wants to go remains to be seen. They may already have a deal, but it’s a waiting game for all involved until something comes to fruition.

Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.