The 2024 quarterback class is a very top-heavy group as three players grade out as top 15 prospects, but only eight have draftable grades. Part of the reason for this is a lot of quarterbacks including Quinn Ewers, Shedeur Sanders, and Cameron Ward will likely be returning to school next year.
1. Caleb Williams, USC: Going into the 2023 season Caleb Williams was the top quarterback on my board, and after the season he still holds that spot. One of the reasons why I am so high on him is his impressive playmaking ability. He can sit in the pocket and hit his receiver downfield, escape from the pocket and hit his wide receiver for the big play, and even take off and pick up yards on the ground when he has no other options. In fact, his playmaking ability is reminiscent of Patrick Mahomes who is the most dangerous quarterback in the NFL.
While Williams has plenty of positives, he has some concerns that NFL coaches will need to work with him on. The biggest issue he has is his pocket presence. He sometimes flees the pocket before things break down and spends way too much time dancing in the pocket. This tendency to not throw on rhytme is one of the reasons he was sacked 33 times this year including being sacked at least three times in each of his seven games.
Overall, Williams has all the talent to be an All-Pro quarterback with the right coaching which should make him the number one pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
2. Jayden Daniels, LSU: While most people have Drake Maye, as the second best quarterback on their board, I have Jayden Daniels as my No. 2 ranked quarterback. The reason I have him rated higher than Maye is his ability to hurt teams with his feet as he is easily the most athletic quarterback in this year’s draft.
In addition to being able to hurt teams with his running ability he is able to pick team’s apart from the pocket. He displays impressive accuracy downfield and also improved significantly this year when it comes to going through his reads. An area he will need to work on at the next level though is not being so antsy in the pocket when things breakdown. While I have him as the second best quarterback, it would not be a big shock if he fell out of the top five picks in the 2024 NFL Draft.