Kliff Kingsbury hiring: ESPN analysts debate impact on Caleb Williams' draft destination
Kliff Kingsbury is back in the NFL, returning to the pros after spending the 2023 season at USC. Now, the attention has turned to Kingsbury’s new team and whether or not they will make a run at Caleb Williams in the draft.
On Sunday, the Washington Commanders officially announced Kingsbury is being hired as the new offensive coordinator for Dan Quinn. The Commanders currently hold the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, and Kingsbury’s time spent with Williams was a topic for debate on ESPN’s “Get Up.”
Dan Graziano specifically pointed out the chatter has already been building about new ownership in Washington DC looking to make a move to grab Williams, a local product out of high school:
“It had already been out there for a while that the new ownership in Washington has been interested in the idea of can you get Caleb Williams, local kid, to make a big splash,” said Graziano. “Again, new ownership trying to establish something in DC.”
While the chatter is out there, Graziano pointed to some key factors that will be considered in the Commanders trying to make a move to obtain Williams. The largest factor remains the plans of the Chicago Bears at No. 1.
“That (chatter) will be out there. The question is can they do it? If the Bears are set on taking Caleb Williams, then this isn’t going to happen,” said Graziano. “…Are the Bears sure on Williams? Might they keep Justin Fields? Would they be okay trading back to No. 2 and taking Drake Maye? That will all float out there for a while.”
We’ll see how the rest of the draft process begins to shape up, but Williams stands to be the top prospect and hot commodity as the likely No. 1 overall pick.
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— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) February 5, 2024