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2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Top 5 Quarterbacks | Pre NFL Combine

We are entering the next stage of the NFL Draft player rankings process. As always, I start with the top 5 quarterbacks (QB), running backs (RB), and wide receivers (WR) before diving into the updated offensive line and top ten defender grades.

We evaluate every player using a proprietary grading process that involves film evaluation combined with advanced data. On the back end, our scouting process mirrors the same process deployed by current NFL front-office personnel so that we can deliver the most in-depth player scouting reports available. All of this is currently free (subject to change).

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  • Play Style and Scheme Fit Analysis

  • Player Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Player Comparisons

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The Top 5 QB's

The top 5 QBs, according to our updated 2024 NFL Draft Big Board player rankings, ranked ahead of the 2024 NFL Combine.

(1) Caleb Williams, USC

Ranking Analysis: Caleb Williams combines average height with a muscular build, showcasing natural throwing abilities akin to Patrick Mahomes. Despite falling into bad habits at USC in 2023, such as seeking big plays over safer checkdowns and occasional carelessness with the ball, his franchise-altering upside is evident. His dynamic running ability and versatility in the RPO game underline his potential, although adapting to a more scheduled playstyle in the NFL will be crucial.

Play Style/Scheme: A dynamic dual-threat quarterback with the agility and arm strength to dismantle defenses. His creativity is a double-edged sword, offering spectacular playmaking at the risk of turnovers.

Draft Projections

  • Projected NFL Draft Round: 1st

  • Consensus Overall Pick #: 1st

  • NFL Teams Mocked: Bears, Commanders, Patriots

  • Player Comparisons: Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts

(2) Drake Maye, North Carolina

Ranking Analysis: Drake Maye's prototypical size and arm strength, combined with his mobility, draw comparisons to Justin Herbert. Last season's protection issues at North Carolina led to risky decisions, highlighting areas for growth. However, Maye's competitive running and ability to make plays under pressure suggest he has all the qualities of a top-tier NFL starter.

Play Style/Scheme: Reflects the NFL's finest as an agile pocket passer, using his mobility and superior mechanics to challenge defenses.

Draft Projections

  • Projected NFL Draft Round: 1st

  • Consensus Overall Pick #: 3rd

  • NFL Teams Mocked: Commanders, Patriots

  • Player Comparisons: Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence

(3) J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

Ranking Analysis: McCarthy's lean build and live arm contribute to his selective aggression and efficiency as a passer. His firm base and coordinated movements allow for consistent velocity and accuracy. While he excels in straight-line running and efficiency, refining his deep outside throws could elevate his game further.

Play Style/Scheme: Possesses exceptional athleticism, enabling playmaking from any field position with speed and arm strength.

Draft Projections

  • Projected NFL Draft Round: 1st

  • Consensus Overall Pick #: 26th

  • NFL Teams Mocked: Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Rams, Buccaneers, Vikings

  • Player Comparisons: Joe Burrow, Zach Wilson, Kyle Allen

(4) Jayden Daniels, LSU

Ranking Analysis: Daniels' exceptional accuracy, decision-making, and speed make him a top draft prospect, despite concerns about his age. His poise, quick release, and ability to manipulate defenses with his eyes and mobility have markedly improved, offering both a high floor and ceiling for NFL teams.

Play Style/Scheme: Daniels epitomizes the dual-threat quarterback, using his elite suddenness and mobility to amplify passing opportunities, ideally suited for schemes involving moving pockets and RPOs.

Draft Projections

  • Projected NFL Draft Round: 1st

  • Consensus Overall Pick #: 5th

  • NFL Teams Mocked: Patriots, Falcons

  • Player Comparisons: Justin Fields, Tyrod Taylor, Deshaun Watson

(5) Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Ranking Analysis: Penix's journey is marked by resilience, overcoming multiple injuries to spotlight his arm strength and toughness. His accuracy and vision, likened to C.J. Stroud or Joe Burrow, were on full display in 2023, propelling Washington to the national title game. Despite durability concerns, his talent for making decisive throws and escaping pressure underscores his readiness for the NFL.

Play Style/Scheme: Best suited for a West Coast offense, emphasizing accuracy and quick decision-making, Penix's collegiate experience positions him as a ready-to-start NFL quarterback, albeit possibly at his ceiling.

Draft Projections

  • Projected NFL Draft Round: 2nd

  • Consensus Overall Pick #: 37th

  • NFL Teams Mocked: Falcons, Steelers, Raiders, Rams

  • Player Comparisons: Tua Tagovailoa, C.J. Stroud, Russell Wilson


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