5 dark horse candidates to be Patriots' QB in 2024

Don't let a single victory fool you. The Pats need to make a change.
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4. Jayden Daniels

Every year, it seems, there is a quarterback who begins as an intriguing prospect and then climbs draft boards at an absurd pace during the pre-draft process. LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels could be the perfect example of that type of quarterback this coming spring.

He offers a true dual-threat skill set, which is always tempting to take a chance on. This season, Daniels has thrown for over 3,800 yards, 40 passing touchdowns and just four picks. Those numbers are remarkable, to start with. But, that's not all. He has also run for over 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

This kid has "it." When you watch him play, it's hard not to love his raw abilities. He may need to develop a bit more as a passer, but Daniels has already displayed NFL traits. If a team plays zone against him, they will pay for it. He's phenomenal at picking those apart. He is also great at moving linebackers and defensive backs out of position with his eyes.

Already, Daniels has gone from a Day 3 pick to a likely first-round selection in the matter of a year. Now, he might climb even higher and find himself selected ahead of one of the top two.