Welcome to my pre-season rankings for the 2024 NFL draft, starting with the quarterbacks. This year’s class looks to have a lot of similarities to last year’s, but with some important differences. Again there look to be two quarterbacks at the top of the class above everyone else. However, unlike last year the guys after them have a higher upside potential. We could potentially see five or more quarterbacks go in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.
This class also is deep with all the guys who went back for fifth and sixth years. With all that said, let’s dive into the rankings, shall we?
2024 NFL Draft Top Five Quarterbacks
- Caleb Williams – USC: Williams will probably end up being the wire-to-wire QB1 this cycle. He has almost everything you look for in a QB. You wish he was a couple inches taller; but that doesn’t seem to affect him. His biggest strength is how well he can create off-script
- Drake Maye – North Carolina: Maye is not all that far off from Williams. He has similar athleticism and arm strength. His one year as a starter does show in his play; there are more inconsistencies in his play than Williams. If he blows up in 2023 though, there is a chance he could overtake Williams.
- Riley Leonard – Duke: Leonard is not highly known outside of scouting circles, but he will be after this season. He is a big dude with a good arm who can run. Just one year as a starter. He was a bit inconsistent, but was pretty accurate. He also rushed for 776 yards and 13 TDs.
- Spencer Rattler – South Carolina: Rattler has been known since his freshman season at Oklahoma where he threw 28 TDs to just seven interceptions. However, he has not been the same since. The flashes are still there, but his play is still hot-and-cold. He had eight games throwing one or zero touchdowns. He has one of, if not the best arms in the class.
- J.J. McCarthy – Michigan: McCarthy is very athletic with a solid arm. He started out really well, but seemed to hit a rough patch at the end of the season. McCarthy does a good job of taking care of the ball with just five interceptions thrown in 2022. He could really move up with a big year
2024 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: The Best Of The Rest
6. Joe Milton – Tennessee: Milton was thought of as almost an after thought entering the 2022 season. He was a five-star bust at Michigan, and barely played in 2021 behind Hendon Hooker. In 2022, he looked solid in the little mop up duty he got, but started the last two games due to Hooker tearing his ACL. He looked real good in those two games. If he has a big 2023, he could jump into the first round conversation. He has the size and arm strength NFL teams covet.
7. Bo Nix – Oregon: Nix was in a similar situation to Milton, in that he was looking like another five-star bust quarterback. He looked like he was always trying to force things at Auburn, and really struggled in general. His athleticism always shined, but he threw just 39 TDs in three seasons — that is usually what top QBs thrown in one season. Nix transferred to Oregon and everything seemed to click in 2022. Completion percentage and touchdowns went up. If he can keep it going in 2023, Nix could hear his name called in the first round.
8. Quinn Ewers – Texas: Ewers is a well-known former five-star recruit who redshirted his first season at Ohio State, then lost the battle to be the starter and transferred to Texas, where he won the starter job. Right now he is mostly potential. He was very inconsistent in 2022. throwing just 14 touchdowns and completing just 57.8% of his passes. The talent is there, though, for him to be a top prospect. He just needs development. Being just a redshirt Sophomore, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t come out in 2024, especially with the log jam with all the quarterbacks in this class.
9. Michael Penix Jr. – Washington: In four season at Indiana, Penix played in just 20 games, and he was the starter going into all four of those seasons. All ended by a major injury. He always showed flashes of what he could do, but he just couldn’t stay healthy. Penix transferred to Washington and finally was able to stay healthy for a whole season, and he put those flashes together in one season. If he can stay healthy again in 2023, he could be on the move. He has good size with a good arm.
10. Michael Pratt – Tulane: Due to playing in the AAC and at Tulane, Pratt received no pub for his freshman season where he threw for 1,800 yards and 20 TDs in nine starts in an offense that runs the ball a lot. You didn’t see a Sophomore jump from him, but Pratt had a big jump in 2022, throwing for over 3,000 yards, 63% completion, and 27 TDs; playing in that same run-heavy offense. He is smart, has good size, and a decent arm. If he makes another jump in 2023, don’t be surprised if he goes day two.