Many in the fanbase already have themselves looking towards the 2024 NFL Draft, where many have latched onto Caleb Williams, a quarterback from USC. Some fans are incredibly impatient and have already completely left the Russell Wilson train.
I’ve seen countless fans on Twitter especially throw their hat into the Caleb Williams hype train. The current sophomore quarterback who plays for USC recently won the Heisman Trophy, which goes to the best player in college football.
He began his career as a Sooner in Oklahoma and followed Lincoln Riley to USC when the coach jumped ship at OU.
In his sophomore season, Williams proved how electric he was and how dynamic of a player he is. He went 11-2, threw for 37 touchdowns, four interceptions, and over 4,000 yards in 13 games. Right now, he appears to be the QB1 for the 2024 class.
A lot can change from now until then. Because of NCAA rules, Williams has to be three years removed from high school in order to declare for the NFL draft, so he has to stay in college for at least one more year, and it’s likely that he does indeed declare for the 2024 NFL Draft.
However, the Denver Broncos will not be particularly close enough to select Williams.
There’s some reasoning for this.
First, I believe that the team ends up hiring a quality head coach. Given how big of an error they made with Nathaniel Hackett, and given some of the names that could be available for hire (Dan Quinn, Frank Reich, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Caldwell, Sean Payton) I almost find it hard that Denver does not bring in a stud at the HC spot.
Furthermore, the team is going to invest in immediate impact players, especially on offense, to help fix the unit. Coaches who have the plan to get the most out of Russell Wilson will likely be welcomed into the facilities with open arms.
Frankly, I don’t see a scenario where the team is this bad in 2023. I think they’ll have too good coaching and too much talent on their roster to not win a solid chunk of games. Perhaps the worst scenario in 2023 is that the team wins, let’s say, 7-9 games and fails to make the playoffs.
Being stuck in that weird middle ground might not be good for the team. If indeed the team implodes in 2023 like they did this year, that would lead to Russell Wilson likely being cut and the team again finishing near the bottom of the league.
Even with that, I don’t see a path to select Caleb Williams, mainly because I think he’ll go #1 overall and I see a solid amount of teams who are likely finishing with a worse record than the Broncos in 2023.
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I would caution fans in Broncos Country to not get too excited about the idea of the team drafting Caleb Williams because I do not think it’s realistic.