Caleb Williams isn’t throwing at NFL combine, but another decision he made may tell us even more

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INDIANAPOLIS — Caleb Williams marketed the decision differently.

As USC’s star quarterback confirmed he was indeed declining to participate in medical evaluations at the NFL scouting combine, he clarified that he wasn’t declining to undergo medical evaluations altogether.

Rather, Williams will cycle through medical evaluations with teams whom he visits in the coming weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. The decision is more unusual than Williams’ accompanying choice to decline throwing at the combine. But the quarterback who’s nearly a lock to be drafted in the top two, and is currently BetMGM’s odds-on favorite to go first overall, explained his logic.

“Not 32 teams can draft me,” Williams said Friday morning. “There is only one of me. So the teams that I go to for my visit, those teams will have the medical and that’ll be it.”

In a social media-crazed world, reports and leaks are common. Some leaks may be less detrimental to the player alone, such as information on which high team desires them. Other information is more personal, like the S2 cognition test results that leaked in what seemed a smear campaign against quarterback C.J. Stroud. The Houston Texans ultimately selected Stroud No. 2 overall last year, paving the way for his Rookie of the Year campaign.

But the discomfort lingered, some agents now discouraging their players from taking the S2 test while Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said this week that it was “unfortunate” that Stroud’s results got out.

“That should never get out,” Adofo-Mensah said. “Those are private things that the players trust us with.”

Williams, in his approach to NFL medical evaluations, is opening that circle of trust to fewer teams than his predecessors did.

USC quarterback Caleb Williams will do medical evaluations only with teams he meets with individually, a departure from draft cycles past for players in his position. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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