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Watch Out NFL: Caleb Williams is the Next Generational Quarterback Coming in 2024

Updated: Jul 29, 2023

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

There’s a ton of young quarterback talent in the NFL right now, whether you’re talking about Kansas City Chiefs two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP Patrick Mahomes, or other franchise pillars such as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow or Buffalo Bills Josh Allen.

That’s not even including other great talents around the NFL such as Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), Trever Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars), Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles), Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers), and more who’ve shown flashes such as Justin Fields (Chicago Bears), and this years No.1 draft pick coming in Bryce Young (Carolina Panthers).

All these players are either in their prime (Mahomes, Allen, Jackson) or just getting started (Herbert, Hurts, Lawrence).

Mahomes is the obvious undisputed best player in the league the last couple of years, but there’s a young electrifying quarterback playing for the USC Trojans who’s been garnering comparisons to the Chiefs' star quarterback, and that is the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams.

Williams is entering his junior season this coming fall for the Trojans and is projected as the clear-cut No.1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft in what’s expected to be a loaded class.

Williams, 21, stands 6-foot-1, 220 lbs with an NFL-ready frame that should only continue to get stronger as he matures. He fits the modern day prototype of what GMs look for in a star quarterback as he’s a dual-threat with the football in his hands who can make any throw you can think of out on the field, whether that’s standing in the pocket with sharp short route passes, the deep ball, or also twisting his body one way while throwing it off balance a la Mahomesesque.

Williams had a superhuman season as a sophomore last season as a Trojan accumulating a whopping 4,537 yards for 42 touchdowns with a QBR rating of 87.5 (5th), and a passer rating of 168.5 last season while completing 66% of his passes.

Williams also displayed his ability to get out in the open field and run the ball as you see here in a Heisman moment against Notre Dame. Many of the prominent quarterbacks in the league such as Jackson, Allen, Mahomes, and Hurts to name a few, are adept at running with the ball which adds to their prominence as elite quarterbacks. Williams showed that versatile ability with 10 rushing touchdowns last season.

Similar to Mahomes, Williams is known for throwing accurate passes with great velocity in tight situations, making what seems like will be a negative outcome for a play, using his unique talent and abilities to make something positive out of it instead as he did numerous times in a stout performance against Stanford last season where he finished with four passing touchdowns for 341 yards.

Despite William's prowess as a quarterback, there are some things he needs to work on such as he can sometimes, similar to Mahomes or Allen, he can take chances on throws in coverage that can easily get picked off.

He also will need to improve his lower-body mechanics when throwing as his accuracy tends to stumble a bit when making short throws.

Like every prospect, no matter how good they may be all have their weaknesses, but despite those minor gripes to William's game, he accomplished quite the collection last season. His accomplishments read as follows:

  • 2022 Heisman Winner

  • 2022 AP College Player of the Year

  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year

  • All Pac-12 First Team

  • Unanimous All-American selection

  • 2022 Maxwell Award recipient

Williams is a breathtaking talent who’ll mesmerize you with his abilities on the football field. Whoever has the number one pick next year will be getting a generational talent who’s also a high character kid.


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