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2023 NFL Draft: Would Drake Maye or Caleb Williams be QB1? The hazards of waiting until next 12 months


Every 12 months, there may be a belief that the following 12 months’s NFL draft quarterback class goes to be more impressive than the current one. It was true last 12 months, however the grass is just not all the time greener on the opposite side. Consider the quantity of hype that surrounded Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud in the course of the preseason and the way the narrative modified with each passing week. 

“Just wait until next 12 months’s draft class” is already permeating the scouting community and it’s a dangerous game but, is it accurate?

First, let’s take a general have a look at the concept of waiting a further 12 months to deal with the position. 

Lots can change

USC quarterback Matt Barkley was considered a top quarterback prospect and a possible top 10 overall selection after the 2011 season, but he returned for his senior campaign. A 12 months later, he was taken within the fourth round, No. 98 overall. BYU’s Zach Wilson went from unknown to the No. 2 overall selection in the midst of a calendar 12 months. Lots can change, and the identical is true of NFL teams. 

Unlucky injuries, a troublesome schedule and/or other extenuating circumstances may lead a franchise to choose early within the draft one 12 months, but their fortunes could shift the next. It is far easier to be aggressive and get a coveted player when picking in the highest 3 in comparison with ending with a .500 record and picking No. 14 overall. Then, there may be the understanding that teams miss on quarterback evaluations every 12 months. You may probably consider five ‘busts’ off the highest of your head. The opposite side of that coin lands on Lamar Jackson lasting until No. 32 overall, Patrick Mahomes falling to No. 10 overall (after Mitchell Trubisky) and the more extreme cases like Tom Brady, Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson. 

The celebs could align for a franchise to land its potential quarterback of the long run, but in the event that they do not have a robust supporting solid and competent coaching staff, then the resources might not be in place for that player to succeed anyway. 

Sizing up Drake Maye and Caleb Williams

“Just wait until next 12 months’s class.”

North Carolina’s Drake Maye and USC’s Caleb Williams are already being discussed as higher quarterback prospects than what is on the market within the 2023 NFL Draft (Texas’ Quinn Ewers is one other to observe). Neither is a finished product, but each have tools that validate the excitement. 

Neither Maye nor Williams are eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft so my evaluation of every is just surface level (two games) but listed here are my thoughts on what the 2 talented quarterbacks bring to the table.

Maye displays good arm strength and throws an accurate deep ball, leading his receivers. It is obvious that the Tar Heels QB has a natural feel for the sport and the mobility to make drive-extending plays. An important piece to his development is game repetitions. He could be too erratic at times. There are moments where he’s moving the pocket, has time to re-plant and throw, but rushes the pass, resulting in poor ball placement. He’s liable to making one bad decision a game. As he becomes graced with experience, those frustrating plays must be weeded out of his game. Maye does an amazing job of throwing on the run, but must do a greater job of protecting the ball. TruMedia credits him with six fumbles this season. He has been sacked on 7.8% of his dropbacks for a grand total of 41 sacks, which is tied for fourth most amongst quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 pass attempts. 

Williams, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, is more polished than Maye at once. He has good top end speed and elusiveness as a runner, which ends up in an inclination to increase plays and permit more time for coverage to interrupt down. He does an amazing job of throwing on the run and displays good pocket mobility. The Oklahoma transfer threw for over 4,000 yards, 37 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions, while also rushing for 372 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Young is more polished at once, but his lack of ideal size will likely be present within the scouting reports. In consequence, he might not be a fit for each team. There’s little doubt that each Maye and Williams would have universal support. They’ve size and the improvisational play-making ability that NFL teams are searching for within the position. Could an argument be made for Young as the highest prospect? Absolutely. It is simple to see why some could have the 2 young quarterbacks atop their respective pecking orders, nevertheless.   

There’s quite a bit to love concerning the options that must be available to groups next 12 months. But there may be danger in waiting to deal with the position. 

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