2. USC QB Caleb Williams
One of the significant storylines of college football over the last two seasons has been the emergence of USC quarterback Caleb Williams. Although USC has not had the season fans have hoped for, Williams is still putting up numbers individually and grabbing the attention of several NFL teams, including Big Blue.
Last season, in his first year at USC, Williams broke out throwing for 4,537 yards and 42 touchdowns, leading the Trojans to the Pac-12 Championship. Many fans believed the quarterback would take his talents to the NFL this year after his impressive sophomore campaign.
This year, Williams is trying to prove the doubters wrong by showing the nation that USC is still a contender but has struggled to do so with frustrating losses to Notre Dame, Utah, Washington and most recently Oregon. Still, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner has had success. Against the Huskies, Williams threw for 312 passing yards and three touchdowns, while adding a rushing score.
While these numbers are impressive to many NFL executives and scouts, the USC quarterback was still disappointed with himself following the loss and felt he could've done more to help his team take down the Pac-12's best team this year. After the game, Williams was clearly emotional as he was seen crying in his mother's arms on the sideline.
This made many fans question his character if that's how he handles losing, but it can also be viewed as a way of showing how much he cares about winning for his team, which is a valuable trait for teams looking to draft the QB in the first round. Some mocks have the Giants trading up to land Williams No. 1 overall - that'd really be something.