2024 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterback



The top 2024 Quarterback prospects available for the 2024 NFL Draft. * – denotes 2025 prospect. ** – denotes 2026 prospect.

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2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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2025 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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1. USC image Caleb Williams*, QB, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2024): 1

8/22/23: Williams played well for USC in 2022, completing 67 percent of his passes for 4,537 yards, 42 touchdowns and five interceptions. As WalterFootball.com predicted in the preseason, Williams won the Heisman Trophy.

Williams started out the 2021 season as the backup quarterback to Spencer Rattler, but after Rattler struggled, Williams replaced him as Oklahoma’s starter and had an excellent year, completing 65 percent of his passes for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also hurt defenses on the ground with six rushing touchdowns and lots of yardage. After the 2021 season, Williams transferred to USC to follow his head coach Lincoln Riley. Williams could put together another massive season and be a high first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.



2. North Carolina image Drake Maye**, QB, North Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2024): 1

8/22/23: As a redshirt freshman, Maye exploded onto the college-football scene, showing serious arm talent. In 2022, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,321 yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Maye has good size and easy arm strength to go vertical. Maye lofts balls well, showing touch and throwing his receivers open. Maye could be a high first-rounder in the 2024 NFL Draft.



3. South Carolina image Spencer Rattler*, QB, South Carolina
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

8/22/23: Rattler flashed some good plays over the 2022 season, but he also had some bad interceptions. On the year, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,026 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Rattler also rushed for three touchdowns. He made huge improvements on accuracy issues at South Carolina, but his propensity to throw interceptions is still a problem.

Rattler was an underwhelming disappointment for Oklahoma in 2021. His lack of performance saw him benched against Texas, and his backup Caleb Williams led the Sooners to a legendary comeback win against the Longhorns. After the season, Rattler transferred to the Gamecocks.

Rattler has a good skill set and looked primed for a huge 2021 season. As a redshirt freshman starter in 2020, Rattler completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for six scores.

Team sources say they see Rattler as a high-upside pick. They like his big-time arm talent, instincts, athleticism, and irrational confidence. They love Rattler’s ability to ad lib and make plays off script. The big knock on Rattler is his erratic decision-making.



4. LSU image Jayden Daniels*, QB, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

8/22/23: Daniels completed 69 percent of his passes in 2022 for 2,913 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has 885 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Daniels is a dual-threat quarterback who showed improvement as a passer throughout the season. He had a superb game against Alabama to lead LSU to a huge upset, but he really struggled against Arkansas.

With Arizona State in 2021, Daniels completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,380 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was impressive in 2019, showing playmaking ability as a passer and runner while producing points for the Sun Devils. Daniels didn’t play as well in the shortened 2020 Pac-12 season.

Daniels has an intriguing skill set, but he has not developed into a consistent pocket passer. Perhaps that lack of development is what led to Daniels departing Arizona State for LSU. He has the potential to rise if he can become more well-rounded.



5. Washington image Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
Height: 6-3. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

8/22/23: The former Indiana Hoosier broke out for Washington in 2022. He almost tripled his previous season-high passing-yards total of 1,645 yards from 2020, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 4,641 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for four touchdowns. The Tampa, Florida product Penix has a live arm and can fire missiles into tight windows. In 2023, Penix needs to show improved ability to handle pass pressure, refine his field vision, and overall polish his pocket passing.



6. Texas image Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas
Height: 6-2. Weight: 206.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4

8/22/23: Ewers flashed some big-time potential for Texas in 2022. While he needs to get more consistent, he has a big arm and serious passing talent. Ewers completed 58 percent of his passes in 2022 for 2,177 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.



7. Arkansas image K.J. Jefferson, QB, Arkansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 236.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

8/22/23: Jefferson played solid football in 2022, including leading Arkansas to wins over Cincinnati and South Carolina. He was outstanding in a dominant outing against BYU after missing the game against Mississippi State. Jefferson completed 68 percent of his passes in 2022 for 2,648 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 640 yards and nine touchdowns.

Jefferson broke out for the Razorbacks in 2021, displaying impressive dual-threat ability. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. Jefferson showed nice vertical touch-pass ability and really hurt defenses with lofting passes downfield off of play action. On the ground, he accounted for 664 yards and six touchdowns, showing good size and toughness as a runner.

Overall, Jefferson has starting ability for the NFL. He possesses a quality arm, can throw the ball accurately, and generally makes good decisions. Jefferson also is a natural runner who can use his legs to help his offensive line while churning out tough yards on the ground. For the next level, Jefferson needs to improve his field vision. He also has to learn to work through his progressions and read coverage. If Jefferson can become a more polished pocket passer, he could be a fast riser for the 2024 NFL Draft.



8. Miami image Tyler Van Dyke*, QB/C, Miami
Height: 6-4. Weight: 224.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

8/22/23: Van Dyke broke out in 2021, completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. In 2022, his play was not as strong and he dealt with injuries. Van Dyke completed 63.2 percent of this passes in 2022 for 1,844 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Van Dyke has a quality arm with size and pocket ability, but he is not dual-threat runner. Van Dyke is similar to former Gators quarterback Kyle Trask.



9. Michigan image J.J. McCarthy*, QB, Michigan
Height: 6-3. Weight: 203.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2024): 2-4.

8/22/23: McCarthy was an effective game manager in 2022, leading Michigan to a Big Ten title and the college football playoffs. The first-year starter completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,719 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 306 yards with five scores. It will be interesting to see if McCarthy builds on his 2022 season and shows pocket-passing ability and the arm talent to start in the NFL.



10. Oregon image Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5.

8/22/23: The Auburn transfer had an ugly start to the 2022 season taking on Georgia, but he played better over the course of the season. In 2022, Nix completed 72 percent of his passes for 3,593 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 14 touchdowns on the ground. His passing production in 2022 was a big improvement compared to his three seasons at Auburn. If Nix continues to improve as a pocket passer, he could be a riser for the 2024 NFL Draft.



11. Kentucky image Devin Leary, QB, Kentucky
Height: 6-1. Weight: 212.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5

8/22/23: Leary has a build and playing style reminiscent of Brock Purdy at Iowa State. Leary dealt with injuries in 2022, and that led to him transferring to Kentucky from N.C. State for 2023. His best season came in 2021, when he completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,433 yards, 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. Leary needs to stay healthy in 2023.



12. Florida State image Jordan Travis*, QB, Florida State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 201.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5.

8/22/23: Travis was really improved in 2022 over his play in 2020 and 2021. He was much more effective passing from the pocket and used his mobility to make some plays for the Seminoles. Travis completed 64 percent of his passes in 2022 for 3,214 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also picked up seven touchdowns on the ground for the third season in a row. The Louisville transfer is a gamer who plays tough, but he is undersized for the NFL.



13. Utah image Cam Rising, QB, Utah
Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2024): 3-5

8/22/23: Rising was a tough competitor for Utah in 2022, completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,034 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 465 yards and six touchdowns. Rising completed 64 percent of his passes in 2021 for 2,493 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. On the ground, he picked up 499 yards and six scores. Rising may end up as a backup-caliber prospect for the next level.



14. Wake Forest image Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest
Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
Projected Round (2024): 4-6.

8/22/23: Hartman was a prolific passer over the past two seasons for the Demon Deacons, racking up a ton of production. In 2021, he completed 59 percent of his passes for 4,228 yards, 39 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He completed 63 percent of his passes in 2022 for 3,701 yards, 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Hartman is a good college quarterback, but he may be more of a backup’s skillset for the NFL.



15. Pittsburgh image Phil Jerkovec, QB, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-4. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2024): 5-7.

8/22/23: Jerkovec had a good 2020 season, was injured in 2021, and did not impress in 2022. To rebuild his status for the NFL, he needs to return to his 2020 form, when he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,558 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Jerkovec transferred to Pittsburgh from Boston College for 2023.



16. Oregon State image D.J. Uiagalelei*, QB, Oregon State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2024): 6-FA

8/22/23: Uiagalelei looked like he had NFL potential when he played well as Trevor Lawrence’s backup at Clemson in 2020. However, Uiagalelei never developed consistency in 2021. While he was better for the Tigers in 2022, he struggled in some critical moments, which led to him departing the program. Uiagalelei has physical talent, but he needs a big jump in play to become a viable pro prospect.



17. BYU image Kedon Slovis, QB, BYU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
Projected Round (2024): 6-FA.

8/22/23: Slovis had a very good debut for USC in 2019, when he completed 72 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Since then his play and production have declined significantly, and he did not thrive while quarterbacking Pittsburgh in 2022. Slovis faces physical limitations for the NFL.



18. Texas A&M image Max Johnson, QB, Texas A&M
Height: 6-5. Weight: 219.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2024): 6-FA

8/22/23: Johnson started out his career at LSU before landing with the Aggies. He dealt with injuries in 2022 and only saw 71 attempts on the season because of a broken right hand. In 2021, he completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,815 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Johnson has good size and a capable arm, but he needs to produce a big season. He is the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brad Johnson.



19. Texas Tech image Tyler Shough, QB, Texas Tech
Height: 6-5. Weight: 221.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2024): 7-FA

8/22/23: Shough is a big quarterback with arm talent, but he has had a very hard time staying on the field. Shough flashed for Oregon early in his career, and in 2020, it looked like he had pro potential. The 2023 season is make or break for Shough to become a legit pro prospect.



20. Cincinnati image Ben Bryant, QB, Cincinnati
Height: 6-3. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
Projected Round (2024): 7-FA.

8/22/23: Bryant has some physical talent, but he needs to become more consistent as a pocket passer. In 2022, Bryant completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,732 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.



2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2025 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

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