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Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels make controversial decision not to throw at NFL Combine

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Every year, one of the biggest storylines ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine is whether the top quarterback prospects will participate in passing drills. This year, there are several intriguing talents, including Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, J.J. McCarthy, Michael Penix, and Bo Nix, to name a few.

Over the next few days, we’re likely to hear more and more about who will and who won’t throw at the NFL Combine, and now Williams and Daniels have made their choices.

According to Ian Rapoport, Williams and Daniels will wait until their Pro Day events to throw in front of NFL scouts and talent evaluators. But this does not mean Williams and Daniels will be skipping the combine, as they both plan to attend this week’s event at Lucas Oil Stadium.

While Williams and Daniels may be the first names to announce they won’t be performing passing drills this offseason, they’re far from the first in NFL history. Top prospects have often chosen to wait until their Pro Day to show off for talent evaluators because it gives them a chance to control how the drills are set up and who they throw to instead of passing to random targets they’ve never worked with.

However, many other quarterbacks aren’t afraid to show scouts what they’re made of, knowing it’s just another rung on the ladder toward becoming an NFL Draft pick. Yet, for Williams, he really has nothing to gain and everything to lose since he’s already widely projected to be the No. 1 overall pick.

In turn, Williams’s decision makes a lot of sense, even if some won’t necessarily agree with it. Meanwhile, his and Daniels’s absence will only give others a chance to shine, such as McCarthy and Spencer Rattler, who will be throwing in front of scouts at the NFL Combine.

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