NFL Draft Order Remains Uncertain as Teams Keep Intentions Quiet

With the 2024 NFL Draft approaching, the order of the top QB prospects remains uncertain, as teams keep their plans under wraps. The Patriots, holding the 3rd pick, could target UNC's Maye, a high-ceiling prospect, while the Raiders may select Washington's Penix Jr.

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NFL Draft Order Remains Uncertain as Teams Keep Intentions Quiet

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With less than a week before the 2024 NFL Draft, the order of the first five picks, particularly the four quarterbacks expected to be selected, remains uncertain as teams are keeping their intentions quiet. According to Jason La Canfora's analysis, while USC's Caleb Williams is widely projected to be the first quarterback off the board, the order of LSU's Jayden Daniels, UNC's Drake Maye, and Michigan's J.J. McCarthy is unclear.

NFL executives are split on which quarterbacks should be selected in the second and third picks, with some favoring Daniels over Maye. "The teams making the first five picks have done a great job of keeping their plans under wraps," La Canfora reports. The New England Patriots, who hold the third overall pick, are keeping their intentions quiet, but they have hosted several top quarterback prospects for official visits.

Maye is considered the NFL quarterback prototype, but his somewhat tumultuous record at UNC has led some scouts to doubt his pro readiness. The Patriots, known for their 'draft and develop' system, could be interested in Maye, who is seen as a high-ceiling, low-floor prospect. However, the consensus is that all the projected first-round quarterbacks have the skills to potentially start the 2024 season.

Why this matters: The uncertainty surrounding the draft order highlights the strategic maneuvering and secrecy employed by NFL teams leading up to the draft. The order in which the top quarterbacks are selected could have significant implications for the future success and trajectory of the teams involved.

The Minnesota Vikings have an extra 2024 first-round pick, while the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos could also be eyeing quarterbacks. According to reports, the Raiders may have zeroed in on Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and could select him with their first pick at No. 13 overall. "Penix is an interesting prospect who put together two strong campaigns after suffering season-ending injuries in previous years," La Canfora notes. "He led the FBS in passing yards last season and became the first player since Patrick Mahomes to register multiple seasons of 4,500+ passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns."

Key Takeaways

  • Top 4 QBs' draft order uncertain, teams keeping plans quiet
  • Patriots hosting QB prospects, may target high-ceiling Maye
  • Consensus: All projected 1st-round QBs can start in 2024
  • Vikings, Raiders, Broncos may target QBs in 2024 draft
  • Raiders eyeing Washington QB Penix Jr. with 13th overall pick