NFL Mock Draft: Sean Payton, Denver Broncos begin rebuild with No. 1 overall pick in 2024 NFL Draft

Denver Broncos and Sean Payton take advantage of their Walmart money and rebuild from scratch.
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QB. player. Caleb Williams. . Caleb Williams. Caleb Williams. . . 1. 519

With the No. 1 overall selection, the Denver Broncos select Caleb Williams, Quarterback USC. This a no-brainer; there hasn't been this clear of a franchise-changing QB since Trevor Lawrence, Andrew Luck, or Frank Cushman.

Standing at 6'1" and 218 lbs, 21-year-old Williams started his career at Oklahoma, taking over the Sooners' quarterback position from Spencer Rattler. He followed head coach Lincoln Riley to USC in 2021 and won the Heisman Trophy that year, throwing for 4,357 yards, 42 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. Williams has established himself as a top NFL quarterback prospect with two consecutive seasons of 9.1 yards per passing attempt, a pass-efficiency rating over 168.5, and numerous electrifying plays.

His arm skill allows him to make accurate passes to all areas of the field quickly and is consistent in his ball placement, allowing his teammates to maximize their opportunities. Williams also displays great ability outside of the structure of the offense, being able to read the defenders' leverage and angles and capitalize on them.

He is adept at protecting the ball and can create big plays even when his offensive line is struggling. Additionally, he can move around the pocket with agility and keep his eyes downfield while searching for open receivers. His quickness allows him to scramble, but he does not need to rely on his legs to move the chains. He is Denver's next outstanding QB and could surpass John Elway as the best Broncos QB of all time if this rebuild goes to plan.