With a 2-8 record heading into their bye week, the New England Patriots need to start looking ahead to next season. That includes the 2024 NFL Draft, which will offer the Patriots a much-needed chance to reset at quarterback now that Mac Jones has proven he's clearly not the guy.
New England is tied for the second-worst record in the NFL right now. If that continues, the organization will have a top pick in the upcoming draft for the first time in decades.
Fortunately for the Patriots, there are several appealing quarterback options to choose from in this year's draft class. Here are the three that they should be targeting.
1. Caleb Williams
If he's available when their turn comes up in the draft, the Patriots shouldn't hesitate to draft Caleb Williams.
Williams won the 2022 Heisman Trophy for USC after transferring from Oklahoma. He racked up an impressive 4,537 passing yards and a 42:5 TD/INT ratio with a 66.6% completion rate, proving he has the skills to lead a team and be an elite quarterback. He was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 382 yards and 10 TDs.
The dual-threat QB is arguably having an even better campaign as a junior this year. Many of his metrics are slightly better, including his completion rate (67.9%) and his yards per passing (9.4). Through 11 games, he's amassed 3,249 passing yards and a 29:4 TD/INT ratio. He's also already surpassed his rushing TD total from last year with 11, averaging one per game.
It's hard to improve on a Heisman season, but Williams is doing it. That says a lot about him and his work ethic, and it also suggests that he may only keep getting better once he arrives in the NFL.
New England needs a player like that -- not another Jones who peaks as a rookie and then immediately regresses. Williams is exactly what the Patriots need to put a charge into their lifeless offense.