Draft Profile: BioCaleb Williams from Gonzaga High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports and was the number one recruit in the entire country. After high school, Williams opted to join Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.
In 2021 as a freshman Williams started the year backing up Spencer Rattler, but after Rattler was benched in a week 6 game against Texas Williams led the Sooners to an unlikely come-from-behind win - and as a result, was handed the starting job for the rest of the year.
He finished the year throwing for 1912 yards on 212 attempts with a completion percent of 64.2 for an average of 9.0 yards per pass, with 21 TDs, while taking 19 sacks, and an elite QB rating of 118.3. He added 64 runs for a total of 559 yards at an average of 8.7 per run.
After the season Williams followed his coach who left for USC and as a sophomore while playing in 13 games as he put up a record-breaking season passing for an outstanding 4080 yards on 450 attempts with a completion percentage of 66.0 for an average of 9.1 yards per pass, with 37 TDs, while also taking 30 sacks, and putting up a QB rating of 118.6. He also added 90 runs for a total of 614 yards at an average of 6.8 per rush.
Honors & awards
- 2023 Heisman Trophy winner Williams, the record-setting Unanimous First Team All-American quarterback
- 2022 holds the USC single-season record for total offense (4,919 yards), most touchdowns scored rushing and passing (52), passing completions (333), passes attempted (500), most passing yards gained (4,537), most touchdown passes thrown (42)
- 2022 Maxwell Award
- 2022 Walter Camp Award
- 2022 Sporting News College Football Player of the Year
- 2021 True Freshman All-American by ESPN, 247Sports, On3 and Pro Football Focus
- 2021 semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback
- 2018 Gatorade District of Columbia Football Player of the Year and a MaxPreps Sophomore All-American
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Has elite overall arm talent and make pretty much any throw even when off balance - has a Mahomes vibe to his play
- Put up ridiculous numbers in 2022 at USC where he rightfully won the Heisman
- Has an almost unique ability to pull off spectacular plays and saves his best for when the chips are down
- His play doesn't drop off when under pressure - made an array of quality passes while trying to avoid a heavy pass rush
- His play is consistently top-notch despite being on a team with serious OL problems and only limited blocking help from backs
- He’s a huge threat with his legs - his play-fakes are outstanding, and Williams has the ability to manipulate safeties with his eyes.
- He’s a pure athlete, loose-limbed and flexible. Williams has the speed to pick up yardage in scramble situations.
- Elite accuracy overall, including excellent accuracy on short timing routes to backs and receivers, placing the ball slightly in front to lead receivers to potential yardage after the catch.
- Natural leader who will put the game on his back - very mature player
- Williams moves effectively and can throw on the run. He’s at his best on bootlegs, showing zip and accuracy on those throws.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Doesn't have the prototypical size for the position standing just 6-1 and weighing in at 215 lbs - may be an injury risk going forward especially considering his play style
- At USC Williams plays in a simplistic offense mainly consisting of one-read concepts. He would perform in a traditional pro offense is uncertain
- Has played exclusively in the shotgun - at the moment he would be a work in progress as a dropback passer
- His mechanics are hit-or-miss and his footwork needs cleaning up - although most of these issues are hidden by his arm talent
- Williams tends to hold the ball loosely and away from his body, putting him at risk for strip sacks.
Player ComparisonShorter - Patrick Mahomes
Scouting Report: SummaryCaleb Williams is currently the best player in all of college football and has an incredible combination of athletic skills, arm talent, and intangibles. He's also a player who consistently has produced at an elite level at both Oklahoma and USC and has shown the ability to handle stardom despite being just two years removed from high school.
It's difficult to find any serious issues in his game that can't be cleared up. The only negative that stops him from being regarded as an Andrew Luck/John Elway/Mahomes generational-level talent is his lack of height, where he's listed at 6-1 but as demonstrated by Bryce Young's somewhat elastic height measurement William's actual height may be closer to six foot flat.
If Williams put up a comparable year to his 2022 performance in 2023 he will be the first overall pick, if he suffers a junior slump he'll still not get past the first five picks.
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