NFL Draft Latest: Caleb Williams to Bears, record six QBs taken in first 12 picks

DETROIT — The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft (all times local):

UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu was the first defensive player selected in the NFL draft, going No. 15 overall to Indianapolis to snap a record streak of 14 straight offensive players taken.

The previous latest a defensive player was drafted came in 2021, when the Carolina Panthers took cornerback Jaycee Horn eighth overall.

It was the first time 14 straight offensive players were taken at any point in the draft.


Finally, a team took a defensive player in a city known as The D.

Indianapolis selected the UCLA edge rusher with the No. 15 pick overall, ending the longest drought before a defensive player was drafted since 1967.


New Orleans selected Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga, a second-team All-America offensive tackle.


Las Vegas kept the run on offensive players going, taking the Georgia tight end with the No. 13 pick — leaving another team to take the first defensive player off the board.


Denver took Bo Nix with the 12th pick overall, completing a stunning run of a half-dozen QBs going off the board with the first 12 picks.

This draft ties the record from the famed 1983 draft when a record six quarterbacks were taken in the first round, inclduing Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. But it took until pick No. 27 for Marino to go off the board that year.

It went much faster this time around with Nix following Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, Michael Penix Jr. and J.J. McCarthy.


The Broncos took the Oregon standout to mark the first time six quarterbacks were selected among the first 12 picks in an NFL draft.


New York drafted Olu Fashanu with the No. 11 overall pick, banking on the Penn State offensive tackle to help keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers healthy.

The Jets traded down one slot with the Minnesota Vikings.


The Minnesota Vikings moved up one spot to make sure they could take J.J. McCarthy with the No. 10 pick overall.

Minnesota sent a fourth- and fifth-round pick to the New York Jets to prevent another team from taking the Michigan quarterback and the Vikings also acquired a sixth-round selection in the first trade of the night.

McCarthy is the record fifth quarterback in the first 10 picks tonight.


Chicago chose to give Caleb Williams a young, go-to receiver by drafting Washington speedster Rome Odunze with the No. 9 pick overall.


The Atlanta Falcons made the first stunning pick of the NFL draft by taking quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 pick overall, a month after giving quarterback Kirk Cousins a four-year, $180 million deal with $100 million in guarantees.


The Tennessee Titans, under first-year coach Brian Callahan, selected Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham with the No. 7 pick.


The New York Giants took the second receiver off the board, selecting LSU’s Malik Nabers with the No. 6 pick overall.


The Jim Harbaugh-led Los Angeles Chargers drafted Joe Alt, hoping the 6-foot-8, 321 offensive tackle from Notre Dame can help protect quarterback Justin Herbert.


Like father, like son.

Marvin Harrison Jr. followed his father into the NFL as the rare son of a Hall of Famer to be picked in the first round when he went fourth to Arizona. The older Harrison had 1,102 catches for 14,580 yards in a 13-year career for Indianapolis.

Harrison followed in the footsteps of Jake Matthews, the son of Bruce; Kyle and Chris Long, the sons of Howie; and Kellen Winslow Jr.


The Arizona Cardinals, the first team not looking for a quarterback, drafted Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. with the No. 4 overall pick.

Quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye went 1-2-3 to the Bears, Commanders and Patriots.


Magic Johnson has high expectations for Jayden Daniels.

Johnson, a part-owner of the Commanders, said on social media that Daniels would energize the players and fan base after the LSU quarterback was taken with the No. 2 pick by Washington.

It was 45 years ago that Johnson himself was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I’m so thrilled and excited to welcome Jayden Daniels to the Commanders family! I’m looking forward to all the wins we will celebrate this season and years to come with you as our leader,” Johnson posted.


With the first pick since parting ways with Bill Belichick, the Patriots picked quarterback Drake Maye at No. 3 overall.

The former North Carolina star has the size, arm strength and athleticism teams in the league are looking for. Scouts rave about his ability make a variety of throws with accuracy.


The Washington Commanders selected Jayden Daniels with the No. 2 pick overall.

The 2023 Heisman Trophy made the most of his fifth season of college football, becoming a breakout star at LSU.

Daniels excels at throwing deep and making play with his feet and will get plenty of opportunities to do both in Washington.


The NFL draft kicked off with Caleb Williams picked No. 1 overall by the Chicago Bears, as expected.

Williams, a star at USC, was cool and calm in the days leading up to the draft, perhaps because he was one of the only prospects who knew where he would be playing later this year.

The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is the first of many quarterbacks who will be selected.

Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy may make this the first draft to have four signal callers chosen among the top five.

Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix could make it six QBs taken in the first round to tie a record.


The Chicago Bears go on the clock with the NFL draft’s first pick shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, to be followed by the rest of the first round. Rounds 2 and 3 will air Friday night, and Rounds 4-7 take place Saturday.

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1. Chicago Bears (from Carolina)

2. Washington Commanders

3. New England Patriots

4. Arizona Cardinals

5. Los Angeles Chargers

6. New York Giants

7. Tennessee Titans

8. Atlanta Falcons

9. Chicago Bears

10. New York Jets

11. Minnesota Vikings

12. Denver Broncos

13. Las Vegas Raiders

14. New Orleans Saints

15. Indianapolis Colts

16. Seattle Seahawks

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

18. Cincinnati Bengals

19. Los Angeles Rams

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

21. Miami Dolphins

22. Philadelphia Eagles

23. Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland through Houston)

24. Dallas Cowboys

25. Green Bay Packers

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27. Arizona Cardinals (from Houston)

28. Buffalo Bills

29. Detroit Lions

30. Baltimore Ravens

31. San Francisco 49ers

32. Kansas City Chiefs


It’s no secret the Chicago Bears are taking Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner at USC has been ticketed for the top selection for months.

The Washington Commanders are expected to choose between LSU’s Jayden Daniels, the 2023 Heisman winner, and North Carolina’s Drake Maye at No. 2.

Then, the New England Patriots are expected to take the remaining quarterback. Or, will they?

▶ Read the AP’s full mock draft


Caleb Williams says this quarterback draft class could be “historic.” Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy could make this the first NFL draft to have four QBs selected in the top five.

Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix could join Williams, Daniels, Maye and McCarthy to make it six QBs in the first round, which would tie a record.

The 1983 draft had three Hall of Fame quarterbacks — John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly — selected in the first round along with Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason and Ken O’Brien.


Motown is getting its groove back.

“The city, it’s got an energy to it,” Dan Gilbert told The Associated Press after his real-estate company, Bedrock, worked with public and private entities to land one of the league’s signature events.

Detroit is hosting the NFL draft one month after NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games and a regional final were played at Little Caesars Arena — and three years before the Final Four returns to Ford Field.

The big-time sports events end a drought that followed quite a run.

From 2004 to 2009, the Motor City had a Super Bowl, Final Four, Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship.

▶ Read more about Detroit’s turn in the draft spotlight.


The first round will have a strong offensive flavor with QBs, receivers and linemen expected to dominate the selections.

The odds favor a record-setting night on offense with teams expected to take more than 20 players from that side of the ball in the first round. The current high is 19 last reached in 2009.

There’s a chance that the records for those three key positions could fall. The record for first-round QBs is six in 1983, for receivers is seven in 2004 and for linemen it’s 10 in 1968.

This also could threaten the latest for the first defensive player to go. The 2021 draft set that record when Jaycee Horn was the first defensive player taken at No. 8.

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