Caleb Williams Claims Top Spot on 2024 NFL Draft Consensus Big Board


Many, if not all, commentators believe USC quarterback Caleb Williams will be the first overall pick in the forthcoming 2024 NFL draft.

It makes logic too. Williams is a former Heisman Trophy winner, and the Chicago Bears, who own the first pick, recently traded away Justin Fields.

 The Bears have the option to select the top quarterback on the board, and most believe it is Williams.

In terms of overall talent, The Athletic has released a consensus Big Board for the 2024 NFL Draft, and Williams is the best prospect across all positions.

Sometimes, and often, a defensive end or offensive lineman is the most skilled overall player, but a quarterback is drafted first or second overall due to the NFL’s great need for elite quarterbacks.

Caleb Williams Leads Pack Over Harrison Jr. and Alt

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 20: USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams drinks Powerade after performing drills in front of NFL scouts during the USC Pro Day on March 20, 2024 at Loker Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

Based on this big board, Williams is the top NFL prospect, even ahead of future superstar wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State and 6-foot-8, 315-pound offensive tackle Joe Alt from Notre Dame. 

He ranks more highly than Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, who may be the finest overall athlete in the class.

The top ten on this huge board look like this.

  • Caleb Williams, quarterback, USC
  • Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
  • Drake Maye, quarterback, North Carolina
  • Malik Nabers, WR, LSU.
  • Rome Odunze, WR, Washington 6. Brock Bowers, tight end, Georgia
  • Joe Alt, OT for Notre Dame
  • Dallas Turner (EDGE, Alabama)
  • Jayden Daniels, quarterback, LSU
  • Jared Verse (EDGE, Florida State)

As you can see, the offensive group is clearly talented — only two defenders rank in the top ten — and Williams is far from the only quarterback. 

Some scouts may even prefer Maye, and it’s difficult to deny that Daniels is fascinating following his Heisman season at LSU in 2023.Eventually, Williams appears to be the most prototypical star in today’s NFL, which explains why The Athletic prefers him to everyone else.

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