With Caleb Williams’ NFL Decision Uncertain, Crucial Advice Extended for the USC QB

Published 12/28/2023, 8:01 AM EST

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USC quarterback Caleb Williams, a frontrunner for the 2024 NFL Draft’s top pick, has created uncertainty by hinting at the possibility of returning for his senior season. Despite his recent comment that the decision is a “game-time decision,” many still anticipate his entry into the draft. 

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Senior draft expert Ryan Wilson made an appearance on CBS Sports recently and shed some crucial light on matters surrounding drafting the young athlete. The deadline for Williams to declare is January 15, and while some consider a return to USC unlikely, nothing is certain until the decision is made.

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On being asked, “Ryan how much stock do you put into the potential landing spot impacting a decision that Williams is about to make?” Ryan Wilson disclosed that Caleb Williams needs to be “mature enough to handle” the pressure that is going to build up on him for “being the number one overall pick to be being QB1,” the responsibilities that come with being part of an organization that, “almost certainly will be struggling and need his help.” He additionally advised the young quarterback to avoid social media and other “storylines” that might criticize or create unnecessary pressure. 

Caleb Williams did not have a very pleasant season, and there have been numerous “storylines that he wasn’t trying hard or that he gave up at times during the season” which according to Wilson, “are all bogus those are not true.” He blamed his team for not being able to protect him along the offensive line and advised Williams to not beat him up over not being able to “drag” his team to victory. He should always remember that he is a “special talent” and played as hard as anyone on the college football team. 

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Caleb Williams decides to skip the Holiday Bowl

The USC quarterback has opted out of the Holiday Bowl against Louisville, citing his decision to prepare for the upcoming draft. Despite USC’s challenging 7-5 season and defensive struggles, Williams, a rare talent, concluded 2023 with 3,633 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. Notably, he began the season as the projected first-overall pick, showcasing his consistent excellence. Williams played a crucial role in USC’s impressive 11-1 season in 2022, earning the Heisman Trophy with 4,537 passing yards and 42 touchdowns.

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With Caleb Williams opting out of the Holiday Bowl, backup quarterback Miller Moss steps up for the Trojans. USC head coach Lincoln Riley has praised Moss, noting his improvement as a player and his positive impact in limited opportunities this season. Moss, ahead of freshman Malachi Nelson on the depth chart, showcased his skills in blowout games against San Jose State, Stanford, and Nevada, going 23-of-32 passing for 309 yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns.

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