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These three former five-star recruits have all-pro potential

The first round of the 2024 NFL Draft was tough on the offensive side of the ball. Three players from the Class of 2024 came to college as five-star recruits and now have All-Pro potential in the NFL.

Three former five-star recruits with all-pro potential

Caleb Williams – Chicago Bears QB

The most obvious place to start this list is with Williams. As a freshman at Oklahoma in 2021, Williams took the college football world by storm in the legendary Red River Rivalry. He started the season behind Spencer Rattler, a late-round pick who could be a gem in the NFL, before taking over as the starter for Oklahoma. As soon as Williams took the field against Texas, it was clear he was destined for stardom. His play at Oklahoma catapulted him into the Heisman conversation after just six regular season starts. Williams eventually transferred to USC and captured the trophy as a sophomore. From then on, he generated a lot of buzz as a promising elite quarterback.

Before arriving at Oklahoma, Williams was a five-star recruit out of Washington DC. His high school tape shows the elusiveness and improvisation that made him so dangerous in college. Williams has sometimes been compared to Patrick Mahomes, and while lofty, the comparisons are not far-fetched. His arm strength and ability to throw off the platform are two traits that made him an elite prospect in the NFL Draft. The Bears don’t have a quarterback of his caliber yet, and Williams has what it takes to be an All-Pro in Chicago.

JC Latham – OT Tennessee Titans

Tennessee accelerated its rebuild by adding several offensive pieces in support of Will Levis. The Titans moved up in the 2023 NFL Draft to grab Levis, and he showed enough potential last season to indicate he could be the guy moving forward. After adding weapons to the offense in free agency, the Titans were able to focus on strengthening the trenches through the depth. While T’Vondre Sweat has tremendous upside, Latham is the draft pick the organization should be most excited about.

A productive high school career earned Latham a five-star ranking across multiple recruiting outlets. A former high school basketball player in Wisconsin, Latham was a power forward and became a local legend. Before Latham found a home at offensive tackle, he played defensive end. His raw athleticism and strength as a blocker landed him in the top ten of the draft and is one of the reasons the Titans have a chance to turn things around in 2024. The sky is the limit for Latham, and he has All-Pro potential in Tennessee.

Dallas Turner – Edge Minnesota Vikings

Another draft, another former Alabama player drafted in the first round. While Turner fell in the draft, his potential at the next level is sky high. The Minnesota Vikings moved up for Turner, but gave up significant future capital. While the price of a move up can be debated, there is no doubt that Turner can be an immediate impact player for the Vikings. The team added pieces to the defense in free agency, but Turner gives them a special talent who could put up double figures as a rookie.

Coming out of high school, Turner was a five-star recruit who received numerous offers from top college programs. Alabama ultimately won and Turner immediately made his presence known. His flex and burst off the line of scrimmage make Turner one of the top candidates to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2024. Additionally, his potential to become an All-Pro remains high in Minnesota.


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