Jayden Daniels landing spots: Ranking five best NFL fits for reigning Heisman Trophy winner

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Jayden Daniels is coming off of one of the most electrifying college football seasons for a quarterback ever. Yes, his 2023 Heisman Trophy season at LSU is one of the best statistical marvels of all time. 

He totaled 3,812 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns and only four interceptions while completing 72.2% of his passes. That output led to Daniels setting college football’s single-season passing efficiency rating record (208.0). Daniels was similarly dynamic on the ground, rushing for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns on 135 carries, good for 8.4 yards a carry. He led all college football quarterbacks in both yards per pass attempt (11.7) and yards per carry (8.4) while becoming the only FBS player since the turn of the 21st century to average over 300 passing yards per game and 75 or more rushing yards per game in a season in 2023. 

Just to put into context how mind-bendingly dominant his 2023 production was, here is how his Heisman season compares in totality with LSU’s other Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, 2019 College Football Playoff national champion and 2020 NFL Draft first overall pick Joe Burrow. The two award-winning campaigns are strikingly similar. 

LSU QBs to win Heisman Trophy 

Total Yards/Game

402.6

412.2

Total Touchdowns/Game

4.3

4.2

Passing Efficiency Rating

202.0

208.0*

Draft Pick

1st

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*Best in FBS history

The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner will enter the NFL with 55 games of experience as a starter (29 at Arizona State, 26 at LSU), and he maximized that play time into being the only player in major college football history with 12,000-plus career passing yards and 3,000-plus career rushing yards. 

Here are the five best fits for one of the top three quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft. 

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Author : Garrett Podell

Publish date : 2024-02-28 13:22:29

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