As usual, the quarterback position figures to be the biggest headline of the 2024 NFL Draft. There will likely be at least four quarterbacks taken in the first round with up to six being a possibility. There is even speculation that Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels (not necessarily in that order) could be the first three players off the board.

Naturally, the next question is what teams will be drafting a quarterback in the first round? There is certainly no shortage of teams in need of a quarterback. But will those teams be using a first-round pick on one? Let’s take a look at some of the teams in need of a quarterback and gauge how likely they are to select one in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Washington Commanders

With the second overall pick, the Commanders are a virtual lock to select a quarterback. Sam Howell simply didn’t do enough last season to make Washington believe he’s the quarterback of the future. Most mock drafts have LSU’s Jayden Daniels going to the Commanders while Drake Maye of North Carolina is also an option. Either way, it’s a safe bet that Washington drafts a quarterback in the first round.

New England Patriots

Conventional wisdom says that New England will draft a quarterback in the first round this year. The Patriots had limited success last season with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe and should be eager to move on from Jones. Of course, there will likely be two quarterbacks off the board by the time the Pats draft third overall, limiting New England’s options. That opens up the possibility for the Patriots to trade the pick or draft a non-quarterback. However, it seems unlikely that New England will pass on a quarterback with the third pick.

New York Giants

Just one year after signing Daniel Jones to an extension, the Giants haven’t ruled out drafting a quarterback with the sixth overall pick. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of confidence that Jones can replicate the success he had in 2022 when he led New York to the playoffs. The issue is the Giants don’t know what quarterbacks will be available sixth overall. If Daniels or Maye is available sixth overall, the Giants will have a tough decision to make. Otherwise, they will likely pass on a quarterback for now.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have the first overall pick and the ninth overall pick, so if they want to draft a quarterback and start fresh, they can. However, they also have the option of sticking with Justin Fields for at least one more year, allowing them to use the top pick on a non-quarterback or trade it to a team that wants a quarterback. In the end, that decision could come down to what offers they get for the first overall pick and what trade offers they get for Fields.

Either way, there is a growing consensus that USC’s Caleb Williams will be the first player selected whether Chicago keeps that pick or not. With this year’s draft taking place in Detroit, those in attendance can actually use FanDuel Sportsbook in Michigan to place bets on what players will be selected at specific slots, among other draft-related bets. At the moment, there are rather short odds on Williams being the first pick regardless of who’s making the selection.

Atlanta Falcons

It doesn’t appear that Desmond Ridder is the answer to Atlanta’s quarterback quandary, especially with a new head coach. That makes the Falcons drafting a quarterback eighth overall a possibility. But that possibility might be more remote than most people realize. Given the rest of Atlanta’s roster, the Falcons might benefit from trying to acquire a veteran quarterback via a trade or free agency rather than rolling the dice with a rookie. Of course, the Falcons could also look to trade up to one of the first three picks if they think Williams, Daniels, or Maye is ready to hit the ground running.

Minnesota Vikings

There is great uncertainty regarding Kirk Cousins and whether he’ll stay in Minnesota coming off a torn Achilles. If he ends up signing elsewhere in free agency, the Vikings will be on the market for a quarterback. A veteran placeholder is a possibility, but so is drafting someone 11th overall. If Minnesota goes the quarterback route with this pick, Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy is a possibility.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos are a huge wild card in the quarterback sweepstakes this offseason. It remains to be seen whether Russell Wilson will remain in Denver or not. If the Broncos part ways with Wilson, they’ll need a new quarterback. Drafting McCarthy 12th overall is a possibility while trading up is a less likely scenario. Either way, the Broncos can’t be ruled out from using their first-round pick on a quarterback.


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