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Washington Commanders 2024 Draft Re Cap via Commanders Public Relations

For Immediate Release

April 27, 2024


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Commanders selected nine players in the 2024

NFL Draft. The club selected four on the offensive side of the ball and five on the defensive

side of the ball. See below for a full list of selections:

Name Round (Overall) Position School

1 Jayden Daniels First (2) Quarterback LSU

2 Jer’zhan Newton Second (36) Defensive Tackle Illinois

3 Mike Sainristil Second (50) Cornerback Michigan

4 Ben Sinnott Second (53)Tight End Kansas State

5 Brandon Coleman Third (67) Tackle TCU

6 Luke McCaffrey Third (100) Wide Receiver Rice

7 Jordan Magee Fifth (139) Linebacker Temple

8 Dominique Hampton Fifth (161) Safety Washington

9 Javontae Jean-Baptiste Seventh (222) Defensive End Notre Dame

2024 NFL Draft Notes

Dating back to 2011, Washington has now selected at least eight players in 13 consecutive

drafts for the first time since the league adopted the seven-round format in 1994.

Washington traded picks 40, 78 and 52 to Philadelphia in exchange for picks 50, 53 and 161.

Washington has selected at least two players with picks acquired via trade in each of the last

nine drafts.

This is the first year since 2022 that Washington has selected an offensive player in the first

round and it is the third time the team has drafted a quarterback with the second overall



The Washington Commanders selected quarterback Jayden Daniels in the first round (second

overall) in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Daniels started in 55 games (29 at Arizona State, 26 at LSU) and has recorded 12,749 career

passing yards, 89 passing touchdowns, 3,307 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. He is

the only player in FBS history to pass for 12,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards.

Daniels won the 2023 Heisman Trophy and became the third player in LSU history to win the

Heisman joining Joe Burrow (2019) and Billy Cannon (1959).

Daniels was named the National Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Sporting

News and the National Player of the Year by Walter Camp in 2023.

In 2023, Daniels was the winner of the Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards

and was also named Consensus All-American, First-Team All American by the Associated

Press, FWAA, AFCA and Sporting News.

Dainels joined Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012) as the only players in SEC history to pass for

3,500 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He became one of five players in SEC

history to reach the 50 total touchdown mark joining Joe Burrow (63), Tim Tebow (55), Cam

Newton (51) and Bryce Young (50).

In his last season at LSU, Daniels led the nation in total offense (412.2), points responsible for

per game (25.2), passer rating (208.0), yards per pass attempt (11.7), rushing yards by a

quarterback (1,134) and yards per play (10.71). His 208.0 passer rating is the highest in FBS


Among LSU’s all-time ranks, Daniels is second in total touchdowns (79), third in total offense

(8,744) and passing touchdowns (57) and fourth in passing yards (6,725). He holds the LSU

record for rushing yards by a quarterback for a career and season (1,134 in 2023).


The Washington Commanders selected defensive tackle Jer’Zhan Newton in the second round

(No. 36 overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Newton (6-2, 295) is the second defensive tackle taken by Washington out of the University of

Illinois in franchise history. Newton joins G Nick Allegretti and DB Quan Martin as the third

Fighting Illini on the current roster.

The Champaigne, Ill., product played in 45 games and recorded 1888 total tackles, 28.5

tackles for loss, 18.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two forced


In his last two seasons, Newton had 103 quarterback pressures, the most in the nation among

defensive tackles.

Last season, he earned Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as All American

First Team honors by the Associated press, AFCA, FWAA, CBS, The Athletic and Sports


In 2023, Newton led all defensive tackles in the nation with 749 snaps (62.4 per game).

A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Newton attended Clearwater Central Catholic High School and

was named a 2019 MaxPreps All-American and ranked a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN,

and Rivals.


The Washington Commanders selected cornerback Mike Sainristil in the second round (No.

50 overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Sainristil (5-9, 182) is the 27th cornerback selected by Washington in franchise history.

Washington has selected at least one defensive back in 13-consecutive NFL Drafts dating back

to 2011.

Sainristil appeared in 62 at Michigan at wide receiver, defensive back, and on special team with

34 starts (nine on offense, 25 on defense) and work at punt returner.

The fifth-year senior has recorded 108 tackles, 20 passes defensed, seven interceptions and

4.0 sacks. Sainristil holds Michigan’s single-season record for interception return yards (232;

2023) and ranks second in career interception return yards (240). He earned First Team AllAmerican honors by Sporting News and Second Team All-American honors by CBS Sports, USA

Today and Sports Illustrated in 2023.

A native of Everett, Mass., Sainristil attended Everett High School where he was named the

2018-19 Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts and rated as the No. 1 prospect in the

state according to 247 Sports.


The Washington Commanders selected tight end Ben Sinnott in the second round (No. 53

overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Sinnott (6-4, 245) is the 4th all-time selection from Kansas State in franchise history.

Sinnott played in 38 games with 28 starts over three seasons (2021-23) for the Kansas State

Wildcats and recorded 82 receptions for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The former Wildcat finished his career tied for the most receiving touchdowns by a Kansas

State tight end (10) in program history. He ranks third among Kansas State tight ends in

receptions (82) and fourth in receiving yards (1,138).

In 2023, he earned All-Big 12 First Team honors by both the league’s coaches and the

Associated Press.

A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Sinnott attended Columbus Catholic High School in Iowa and was

named to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state team as a tight end, wide receiver

and defensive end. He also lettered in baseball, golf, tennis, track and hockey.


The Washington Commanders selected tackle Brandon Coleman in the third round (No. 67

overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Coleman played in 41 games at TCU from 2020-23. In his senior year, he was named Team

Captain where he made 11 starts with seven at left tackles and four at left guard and allowed

just one sack over 723 snaps.

Coleman was invited to the 2024 Senior Bowl and was named Second-Team All-Big 12,

Honorable Mention Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year and Second-Team Academic All-Big

12 in 2023. His junior year he started all 15 games at left tackle, giving him starts in 23 of the

last 24 contest dating back to 2021. Coleman placed third on the TCU offense with 1,036

snaps played.

A native of Denton, Texas, Coleman attended Denton High School before playing at Trinity

Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Coleman was born in Virginia but spent most of

his childhood in Berlin, Germany before moving back to the United States in 2016.


The Washington Commanders selected wide receiver Luke McCaffrey in the third round (No.

100 overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

McCaffrey played in 33 games at Rice from 2021-23. In his senior year, he earned consensus

All-AAC Honors and led the conference and tied for seventh nationally with a career-high 12

touchdown receptions and was fourth in the AAC with 68 receptions and fifth with 963

receiving yards.

In 2022, he led the team with 58 receptions and 903 all-purpose yards and finished second in

receiving yards (723) and touchdown receptions (6) in his first season at wide receiver.

McCaffrey began his collegiate career as a QB from Nebraska from 2019-20.

He is the fourth player to be selected out of Rice by Washington and the first wide receiver

taken in franchise history.

A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., McCaffrey attended Valor Christian High School. He was

a First-team All-Colorado choice as a quarterback by the coaches association, and was a

first-team all-state pick by the Denver Post as an athlete. McCaffrey is a part of an athletic

family with father Ed playing 13 seasons in the NFL and brother Christian currently in his

eighth season in the league.


The Washington Commanders selected a linebacker in the fifth round (No. 139 overall) of the

2024 NFL Draft. Magee is the third player drafted out of Temple in the Common Draft era

(since 1967) in franchise history.

Magee (6-3, 225) played 44 games for Temple and registered 235 total tackles, 31 tackles for

loss, 11 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one interception. He

finished in the top 10 among AAC defenders in tackles and tackles for loss. Magee became

the first Owl to be drafted since 2020.

A native of Dover, Del., Magee attended Dover High School and was named second team allstate and first team all-conference playing both quarterback and safety.


The Washington Commanders selected safety Dominique Hampton in the fifth round (No. 161

overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft. Hampton is the fourth player drafted out of Washington in the

Common Draft era (since 1967) in franchise history.

Hampton played in 57 games for the Huskies and recorded 190 total tackles, 16 passes

defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble. In his senior season, Hampton was

named honorable mention All-Pac-12 and led the team with 109 tackles, fifth-most in the Pac12.

A native of Glendale, Ariz., he attended Centennial High School. There he recorded eight total

interceptions including a 59-yard touchdown reception in the Arizona 5A championship game

to help Centennial win the 2017 title. Hampton was rated the No. 50 cornerback recruit in the

country according to 247 Sports.


The Washington Commanders selected DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste in the seventh round (No.

222 overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft. Jean-Baptiste is the eighth player drafted out of Notre

Dame in the Common Draft era (since 1967) in franchise history.

Jean-Baptiste has played in 60 career games between Ohio State and Notre Dame. He

produced 102 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and two forced fumbles.

A native of Spring Valley, N.Y., he attended Bergen Catholic High School. As a senior, he

helped Began Catholic win the non-public Group IV state title.


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