Mel Kiper, draft expert, has Caleb Williams going to the Chicago Bears at No. 1. This does seem to be a majority view, but it doesn’t seem to have hardened into an ironclad consensus. The one thing preventing some people from assuming the Bears will take Caleb Williams is that the Bears have retained head coach Matt Eberflus. Doing so invites the possibility that Caleb will have two coaches in his first two seasons. If the Bears fail in Year 1 under Caleb, Eberflus will be gone by 2025. Chicago would have to hire a second coach for Caleb. That simply doesn’t make any sense.
However, no one said the Bears were sensible.
If Caleb Williams does go to the Bears at No. 1, the Washington Commanders would then have to choose between Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye for their new franchise quarterback at No. 2. The New England Patriots would then have the other remaining quarterback at No. 3. It is hard to see how three quarterback-needy franchises won’t take quarterbacks with the top three picks. However, Marvin Harrison Jr. could be the one non-quarterback who sneaks into the top three or becomes part of a trade with another team which is set at quarterback but needs a receiver.