The biggest debate in the 2024 NFL Draft will be which quarterback will go first in the highly anticipated draft. Will it be USC’s Caleb Williams or North Carolina star Drake Maye?
With quarterback hungry teams currently at the top of the draft, the player selected first may depend on the fit of the team in position to draft either of them.
Officially declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft, Maye is an extremely talented passer with the size and above average speed of a prototype quarterback. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, the Tarheels star has not only shown command in the pocket with his ability to read defenses and zip passes into tight spots, he is also able to manipulate the pocket and make plays with his leg.
NFL ready, Drake Maye has NFL teams drooling over his elite traits as a talented passer
Coming off a final season at UNC in which he passed over 3,608 yards with 24 touchdowns and a QBR rating of 78.9, Maye possesses many of the traits of the modern-day quarterback. Which team will be his best chance to transcend those traits to the NFL level.
As stated by one NFL executive, a team’s offensive philosophy will play a big part in who selects Maye.
"It's going to come down to what team has the No. 1 pick and the style of offense that they play," the executive said told ESPN. "Honestly, it depends on the offensive coordinator and the scheme they are running. They are going to go for fit and feel."
That executive also went on to compare Maye to Eli Manning entering the NFL Draft. Although the younger Manning went on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, teams in position to draft Maye are hoping he’s even better. So, let’s take a look at three teams that present the perfect opportunity for Maye.