Tuesday, May 28, 2024

ESPN Names Four NFL QB Comps For Caleb Williams


Chicago Bears fans are tired of waiting. They’ve heard all the scouting reports and draft debates. Caleb Williams is about to become their next quarterback. All they want to know is whether he can finally break the cycle of futility at the position. Many experts believe he has the talent to do so. The widespread belief is that he is one of the three or four best quarterback prospects to come out of college in the past two decades. That is nice to hear, but it doesn’t help form a picture of what the Bears are getting.

In these situations, the best way to help casual fans is through pro comparisons. If this player reaches his ceiling, what kind of career could he achieve? ESPN decided to do this for every notable quarterback in the 2024 draft class. There were some interesting ones. Drake Maye is a mix of Josh Allen and Carson Wentz. J.J. McCarthy was Kirk Cousins. Michael Penix was Tua Tagovailoa and Bo Nix was Andy Dalton. When Williams came up, four names were actually mentioned.

Who is Caleb Williams referenced to the most? Let’s rank them.

4. Kyler Murray

This shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Lincoln Riley was the one who turned Murray into a superstar at Oklahoma, paving the way for him to become the #1 overall pick in 2019. He’s since had a solid career in Arizona, making two Pro Bowls. Still, his lack of playoff success and limitations in the pocket make him the floor among these comparisons.

3. Russell Wilson

People seem to forget Wilson was one of the NFL’s best for a period of time in the 2010s. He’s a Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowler. Williams has a lot of the same traits, from a knack for making plays out of structure to his uncanny ability to strike deep. The knock on Wilson has been his tendency to lean too much on the big play, which hurts in the playoffs.

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2. Patrick Mahomes

The reigning king himself. Caleb Williams has been compared to Mahomes for the past two years as people watched his scrambling wizardry unfold. The parallels are hard to ignore. That said, Mahomes had more of a gunslinger mentality and was less prone to taking off on actual runs. Williams seems more conscious of protecting the football, which would explain his most popular comp.

1. Aaron Rodgers

Most frequent scout/exec comp: Aaron Rodgers

The only quarterback to receive a Tier 1 grade on every ballot. “He’s a star,” an NFL coordinator said of Williams. Added an NFL personnel director: “From a talent standpoint, he’s in his own class.” Williams’ “rare gifts” make him an exception to the rest of this year’s group, a veteran AFC scout said, because of his high-level instincts, foot quickness and accuracy. He doesn’t have one glaring weakness on which scouts harp. “He makes ‘holy s—‘ throws on a regular basis,” the scout said.

What stands out about Williams is his clean mechanics, tight delivery, and pinpoint accuracy. All of those were traits Rodgers boasted coming out of Cal. He also had understated scrambling ability and a knack for keeping the football out of harm’s way. Their sizes are relatively similar. Rodgers was an inch taller and a few pounds heavier. Yet when you watch them side by side, it is hard to differentiate the two.

Obviously this doesn’t mean Williams will have the same career Rodgers did. It is unfair to think that. Still, if this comp holds true, the Bears are on the cusp of fielding the best quarterback multiple generations of fans have ever seen in this city.


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Apr 17, 2024 3:30 pm

The great part about this is that it’s 8 days until the deed is done, if in fact it is. Who cares who he compares to. In fact, if we’re lucky, the others will be compared to the Great Caleb Williams. Of course, that’s just as much horsehockey as the article. For months now, the only reason I come here is to learn from the posters here, not the manure spread in the articles. That’s why I get so intense about people being unnecessarily ignorant about the their criticisms of Poles, Eberflus or even with all his flaws JF1. Those… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by timgjerde56
Apr 17, 2024 10:17 am

, again, I don’t understand the downvotes? You’re spot on, As a Quarterback, Kyler Murray would make a good 3rd down running back.

Last edited 1 month ago by mbearest
Apr 17, 2024 10:10 am

If he’s anything like Rodgers, Mahomes ore Wilson, Great but if Murray is his ceiling, trade that pick YESTERDAY.

Apr 17, 2024 8:32 am

Barry.. make sure u keep that same energy and negativity about CW going. Don’t be a p*ssy and switch sides when he’s winning games. Stay true my friend… I will help remind u through the season 🙂

Apr 17, 2024 8:08 am

@Tred — You are 100% correct. And here’s why I am such a harsh critic of Ryan Poles: he has failed to secure the most direct path to his QB. Two years worth of guys like Lucas Patrick, Alex Leatherwood, Ja’Tyre Carter, Doug Kramer, Nate Davis Dan Feeney and other 2nd-rate players have revealed Ryan Poles for what he is: clueless. Defensive coordinators will have a field day sending pressure against rookie QB, Caleb Williams right up the middle, unless Ryan Poles wakes up. That is, unless Ryan Bates and Coleman Shelton are “the answer.” But, even if they finally… Read more »

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