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Top Prospect Caleb Williams Opts Out of Throwing at Combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine’s significance has been brought into question, especially after the event almost faced a mass boycott in 2022 due to strict COVID-19 regulations. The debate highlighted the importance of the combine for late-round, fringe, and small school prospects, while potentially being a drawback for top college football players. This discussion resurfaces with recent news that USC quarterback Caleb Williams plans not to participate in throwing drills at the upcoming combine, as reported by Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report.

To clarify, Williams will still attend the event in Indianapolis, according to Ian Rapoport. While he will be available for interviews, he has decided not to throw at the combine. Instead, Williams plans to showcase his skills and throw at his pro day. Some pundits support his decision, citing his expected top pick status and pro day plans on March 20. However, critics point to character concerns, highlighting past actions that garnered negative media attention during his junior year in college football.

Despite the advantages of participating in the combine, such as official measurements and working with NFL coaches, Williams’ decision raises eyebrows. While he may perform at his pro day, some argue that the combine offers additional exposure and opportunities. Time will tell whether Williams’ choice will impact his draft positioning.

Historically, poor combine performances have influenced draft stock, as seen with past prospects like Isaac Nauta and Orlando Brown Jr. Could Williams face a similar fate? Unlikely, given his strong draft stock, but the decision to skip the combine is not without its risks.

Williams’ announcement has garnered attention, especially as other prospects like Spencer Rattler, Michael Penix Jr., Bo Nix, J.J. McCarthy, and Jayden Daniels have confirmed their intentions to participate in throwing drills at the combine. This sets up an interesting dynamic for these quarterbacks as they compete in front of NFL coaches and scouts.

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