USC QB Caleb Williams Could Skip 2024 NFL Draft Says His Dad

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams in January 2023
USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams in January 2023. Photo by Matthew Lynch/CSM/Shutterstock (13692187cx)

The USC’s quarterback Caleb Williams is considered the best prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft class by far. But despite this, it isn’t a lock that he will be on the board when it’s time to announce the No. 1 pick.

In a recent interview with GQ, Williams’ father Carl discussed the flaws of the NFL Draft’s system.

“The way the system is constructed, you go to the worst possible situation,” said Carl. “The worst possible team, the worst organization in the league — because of their desire for parity — gets the first pick. So it’s the gift and the curse.” 

Carl then hinted that his son might skip the next year’s draft if he isn’t convinced about the teams that get the top selections.

“(Caleb’s) got two shots at the apple,” he added. “So if there’s not a good situation, the truth is, he can come back to school.”

Caleb Williams had an outstanding 2022 campaign with USC, helping the Trojans to an 11-3 record and winning a Heisman Trophy as the best football player in college. Williams completed 66.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 4,537 yards, 42 touchdowns, and five picks. He also added 382 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.

Considering Williams is such a generational talent, he would likely be able to skip the draft next year and still be selected first overall in 2025. However, this would also mean giving up on a year of NFL salary and bonuses and risking an injury.

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