ESPN's Ryan Clark says Caleb Williams must be No. 1 draft pick: 'The dude is so disrespectful'
ESPN’s Get Up segment on USC quarterback Caleb Williams Monday morning was really something.
Former pro quarterback Dan Orlovsky doubled down on his comments that Williams reminds him of a mix of Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen. But he also said Williams is not a lock for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Former NFL defensive back Ryan Clark disagreed emphatically.
“What sort of writing utensil should I use to write Caleb Williams’ name down at the No. 1 spot? Should I use a Sharpie then? Because I need to use something that you can’t erase, that can’t wash away,” Clark said. “You need to write Caleb Williams’ name down as the No. 1 overall pick in as many ways as you can write it. I don’t care if you use a smoke bomb.”
Williams has the Trojans off to a 2-0 start to the year. A year after completing 66.6% of his passes for 42 touchdowns and just five interceptions, the USC star is off to a similarly effective start.
Through two games, Williams has nine touchdown passes, no interceptions, and a 73.5% completion rate. He has 597 passing yards on 49 total pass attempts in two blowouts.
Each game since he landed at USC, Williams has made at least one or two throws that make you stop and question.
Against Nevada over the weekend, he evaded pressure before firing a laser beam of a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brenden Rice.
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Clark has his own play he can recall
“I’ve seen the dude in person. My son plays for Arizona State. They’re in Cover 2. Caleb Williams, in the endzone, throws a jump pass to the flat from the other hash,” Clark recalled. “When he jumped up and threw it, I got out of my seat because I said, ‘It’s an interception.’ By the way, the corner was 6-3.
“The dude is so disrespectful. He is disrespectful in the best way. He’s just having fun.”
Clark also brought up a moment from the recent Johnny Manziel documentary. When it was pointed out the former Heisman Trophy winner didn’t take film study seriously when he was with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, the doc cut to Manziel holding up a zero.
“If Caleb Williams decided to go play like that, he’d still be amazing,” Clark said. “He’s that much more talented than the other people playing the position or the people that he’s playing against.”
Williams has said the draft will have to wait. He’s looking for a national championship at USC this season.
The Trojans (2-0) host Stanford on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT on FOX.