If highly-respected quarterbacks guru Tom House is correct, several NFL teams may want to begin tanking for the 2024 draft.
According to House, who has worked with big-name quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Dak Prescott, he believes that USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Caleb Williams is “the second coming of Patrick Mahomes.”
House recently made the comments on the Adam Schefter Podcast.
“It’s not just because I went to USC way back when, but I really think the kid that’s the quarterback at USC right now is the second coming of Pat Mahomes,” House told Schefter.
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“I think he’s got everything that Mahomes does and the benefit of being able to stand on Mahomes’ shoulder, showing that you don’t have to be a traditional drop-back QB or a running QB. You can be a combination of both…
“If you’ll notice, nobody every squares him up, he’s an accurate passer, he makes good decisions under pressure, and he’s 6’2″, 220… He’s a given.”
House has plenty of experience in this area. After pitching at USC back in the 60s, he spent several seasons as a Major League reliever with the Braves, Red Sox and Mariners. Once his career was over, he became a pitching coach, working with several teams including the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and with his alma mater, USC.
He also went on to become a throwing coach for dozens of big-name NFL quarterbacks, including the aforementioned Prescott, Brady and Brees, as well as others like Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Andrew Luck, Jimmy Garoppolo and Mac Jones.
Add it all up, and we have every reason to take House’s assessment seriously.
That type of praise bodes well for Williams, who is expected to be one of the top players taken in the 2024 NFL Draft. Williams just completed his true sophomore season at USC, after transferring from Oklahoma. He had a monster 2022 season, with 4,075 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions. Those totals, along with USC’s 11-2 record, make him the heavy favorite to take home this year’s Heisman Trophy—something Mahomes never accomplished during his college career at Texas Tech.
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