Caleb Williams - QB - USC

Caleb Williams has felt like the #1 pick in the draft for a while. There were some whispers that he wasn’t going to declare until the Bears traded out, but ultimately he decided to. With the hype around him, it’s unlikely that he will make it past the first pick of the draft. Certainly isn’t going to slip much further than that if the Bears did opt to go another way.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 214 lbs

Age: 22

40-yard dash: DNP

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: DNP

Broad Jump: DNP

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Passing Table
Passing
YearSchoolConfClassPosGCmpAttPctYdsY/AAY/ATDIntRate
*2021OklahomaBig 12FRQB1113621164.519129.110.2214169.6
*2022USCPac-12SO1433350066.645379.110.3425168.5
*2023USCPac-12JRQB1226638868.636339.410.3305170.1
CareerOverall735109966.9100829.210.39314169.3
Oklahoma13621164.519129.110.2214169.6
USC59988867.581709.210.37210169.2
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/2/2024.

Notable Headlines

Williams was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school, ultimately opting to sign for Oklahoma. Backed up Spencer Rattler to start the season, before leading the team to a comeback victory in Week 6 and becoming the starter for the rest of the season. At the end of the season Williams followed his coach to USC, and had a record-breaking season. His 2022 season set single-season records for total offense (4,919 yards), most rushing and passing TDs (52), most pass attempts and completions, most passing yards (4,537) and TDs thrown (42). Followed that up with another decent 2023 season, winning the Heisman Trophy.

Scouting Report

Positives

Williams looks like a great player on film, with plenty of positives to consider. He has great arm talent, able to make most passes on field, even when off balance. Has the ability to make great plays, even when he is facing heavy pressure. Playing behind this OL he has also had to adapt to not having alot of time to make his passes, or to move the ball with his legs. If the chance arises, then he can move the ball on the ground with his speed and ability to find space. Good leadership qualities shown on the field too. Able to drag players along with him to make plays on the field.

Negatives

There are concerns over his size, and if he is able to stand up to NFL defenders consistently. The offense he works is mainly built around making a single read, then moving the ball. If he is put into a complicated/ involved offense, he could struggle. Can get too relaxed in the pocket, holding the ball in a way that doesn’t offer much security.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Pick 1

Ideal Landing Spot

Hard/ impossible to see Williams making it past the first pick here. Chicago have an interesting decision to make here. Do they trade the pick away? And try to build around Fields? Or do they reset the position and move Fields on?

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