Who will be picked first in the 2024 NFL draft?
Continue reading for a full list of the latest odds for the 2024 first overall pick.
|Marvin Harrison Jr.
A number of talented quarterbacks have among the shortest odds to be the number 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, with USC's Caleb Williams topping the list.
In his Heisman-winning 2022 campaign, Caleb Williams led the USC Trojans to a 11-3 record which saw them reach the Pac-12 Championship Game, where they lost to Utah, before a narrow 45-46 defeat to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
This season, he posted a 68.6 completion percentage for 3,633 yards, 30 TDs, and five interceptions, while last year he posted a 66.6 completion percentage for 4,537 yards, 42 TDs, and five interceptions.
Williams has been projected to head to the Chicago Bears, who acquired the Carolina Panthers' first-round pick which is projected to be the number 1 given the Panthers' dismal play this season.
That could change if the Bears opt to stick with Justin Fields, but the chance to pick up Williams on a rookie contract - effectively pressing the reset button on the franchise - could prove too good to pass up. There's also a good chance the Bears trade back for a king's ransom if they see Fields as the future.
If Williams is not picked first, then that honor could fall to Drake Maye, who has emerged as a clear second favorite.
Despite a lot of preseason hype, North Carolina quarterback Maye led the Tar Heels to an 8-4 record this year, as the team finished the ACC regular season with four defeats from their last six games, signing off with a 39-20 loss to rivals NC State.
However, Maye has all the attributes which NFL teams look for and, with a number of teams on the hunt for a top-class quarterback, there should be plenty of interest in the 21-year-old. He posted a 63.3 completion percentage for 3,608 yards, 24 TDs, and nine interceptions in 2023.
Even if he is not picked first, Maye could be in line for a top-three pick with the New England Patriots among a list of several NFL teams with losing records who are desperate to find a new franchise QB.
At much longer odds, Jayden Daniels is the third quarterback in the running to be picked first overall in the 2024 NFL draft.
Daniels has led the LSU Tigers to a 9-3 regular season record, with his 2023 performances marking him out as a leading candidate to emulate Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman as LSU's QB in 2019 before being picked first by the Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Daniels finished the regular season as the SEC's leading passer, throwing for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns, while he has rushed for a program-best 1,134 yards, establishing himself as an elite dual-threat quarterback.
Most projections believe Daniels is in line to be a top-ten pick, but it remains to be seen whether he has impressed enough to leapfrog Williams and Maye in the battle for the overall number 1.
Only four wide receivers in history have been drafted with the number 1 pick, but Ohio State Buckeye Marvin Harrison Jr. has a chance to become the fifth following a season which has attracted plenty of attention.
If Harrison Jr. gets picked first, he would be the first wide receiver to do so since Keyshawn Johnson in 1996.
However, he generated significant buzz when running routes for CJ Stroud at the Buckeyes' pro day earlier this year and he's continued to churn out big numbers on the field this year, chalking up 1,093 receiving yards from 11 games while scoring 13 receiving touchdowns (14 in total).
Quinn Ewers looks destined to play in the NFL in the future but it is still to be determined whether he will go pro or stay another year at Texas.
That hasn't stopped Ewers from having the fifth-shortest odds to be picked first and he was extremely impressive in Saturday's Big 12 title game, throwing for a career-high 452 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-21 win.
If he does declare for the 2024 NFL Draft, Ewers could attract the attention of a number of QB-hungry teams.
Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.