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By Marc Lawrence, — The first round of the 2024 NFL Draft is set for six days from tonight in Detroit. If betting odds are to be believed, the likelihood of Drake Maye landing with the Washington Commanders is better than first believed. For the past few weeks, signs have seemingly pointed to LSU’s Jayden Daniels being the quarterback of choice for the Commanders with the No. 2 overall pick. Daniels’ own college coach even appeared to drop a major hint about his pupil landing in D.C. However, there’s been a shift this week, thanks in no small part to some X/Twitter activity from Daniels’ agent that seemed to indicate he was not happy that Washington hosted his client on the same visit with Maye and two other quarterback prospects, J.J. McCarthy and Michael Penix Jr. As a result, the Maye-to-Washington buzz has picked up, and the betting world has taken notice. Daniels is still the favorite to be picked No. 2, but his odds have diminished greatly. At @CircaSports, Daniels was -350 to be drafted before Maye, but he is -130 to go the Commanders while Maye is even money. Is this all just part of the last-minute machinations that happen every year leading up to the draft? Or are the tides actually shifting toward Maye becoming a Commander? Washington GM Adam Peters told reporters Thursday that the team intends to hold onto the No. 2 pick, and will finalize its decision on who to take by “early next week.” Let the tittle-tattles begin.

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