Patriots already scouting top quarterback prospects for 2024
The New England Patriots are starting early on scouting the top prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft.
As reported by USC beat writer Chris Treviño, the Patriots were on the field early on Saturday watching Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams, who is universally expected to be drafted with the first or second pick in 2024. USC ended up losing on Saturday to UCLA 38-20, with Williams going 31-of-42 throwing for 384 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
It’s not unprecedented that the Patriots are scouting a top quarterback prospect. They’ve been linked to other big pre-draft names before, like Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson in 2018. What is unprecedented is that Bill Belichick and the Patriots have never been closer to the No. 1 pick in the draft, making Williams a realistic possibility to be available for them.
Entering Week 12, the 2-8 Patriots have the third pick in the 2024 draft, behind only the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. On Sunday, the Pats will play the team directly behind them in the draft order, the New York Giants. The latter actually helped the Patriots on Sunday by picking up a win over the Washington Commanders to improve to 3-8.
If the Patriots end up at No. 3 overall, they’d be guaranteed one of the projected top-3 prospects: Williams, quarterback Drake Maye out of North Carolina, and wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. out of Ohio State. Williams has elite franchise quarterback potential, due to his excellent combination of arm talent and mobility.
Read below for more on Williams, Maye, and other top quarterback prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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