Williams Leads Historic QB Haul in NFL 2024 Draft AP

Williams Leads Historic QB Haul in NFL 2024 Draft



April 26th, 2024

The 2024 NFL Draft delivered an unforgettable night in Detroit, rewriting the record books with quarterbacks dominating the first round.

Chicago Finally Lands Franchise QB

The long wait is over for Chicago Bears fans. After years of searching, they have their quarterback in Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner. The electric USC product was the easy choice at No. 1, and his enthusiasm was infectious.

Williams wasn't alone. A staggering six quarterbacks were selected in the top 12 picks, tying the 1983 record. Washington followed suit with Jayden Daniels (2023 Heisman winner), and New England grabbed Drake Maye, making it three straight years with a QB going top three.

A Surprise for Atlanta?

The Atlanta Falcons surprised many at the NFL 2024 Draft by taking Michael Penix Jr. at No. 8 despite their recent investment in Kirk Cousins. Trades and movement added to the drama, with Minnesota securing J.J. McCarthy (National Champion, Michigan) and Denver taking Bo Nix, completing the historic run.

The dominance of quarterbacks meant a wait for defensive standouts. UCLA's Laiatu Latu wasn't selected until No. 15 by Indianapolis, the latest a first-round defensive player has ever gone.

Motor City Makes a Move

The host city Detroit Lions capitalized on a trade, snagging Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold at No. 24. The energy from the estimated 275,000 fans was electric throughout the night.

New Eras Dawning Across the League

The draft wasn't just about established teams. The New England Patriots, without Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, gambled on North Carolina's Drake Maye. Young quarterbacks like Williams and Maye usher in a new era for their respective franchises.

What's Next?

The NFL 2024 Draft continues through Rounds 2-7 this weekend. With a historic quarterback class and plenty of needs filled, the league landscape is sure to be reshaped. Stay tuned to see how these young players develop and impact the future of the NFL.

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