“I think the North Carolina kid will be number 1.

Drake Maye was one of college football’s biggest upsets this season. In nine games, the redshirt freshman has completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 2,964 yards and 31 touchdowns against three interceptions. Maye leads the country in total offense (386.3 yards per game) and ranks second in total touchdowns (35). With the Tar Heels (8-1) to their best start since 2015, ESPN Dan Orlowski says quarterback-needing NFL teams should wait until next season to draft a quarterback for a chance at landing Maye.

“If I were a team and I knew I stink, I would wait until next year [to draft a quarterback],” Orlovsky said on The Pat McAfee Show. “I think the North Carolina kid will be number 1. I think USC’s kid (Caleb Williams) will be #2. I think they’re both better than anyone else in this class.”

Orlovsky compares Maye’s game to Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, a 2020 second-team All-Pro selection.

“The boy from North Carolina is a damn stud,” Orlovsky said. “He has Josh Allen qualities.”

After 367 total yards and three total touchdowns (zero interceptions) against Virginia on Saturday, Maye became the only quarterback in the past 15 years to have three straight games with three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 70 percent completion rate on collection registered 250 yards over and 50 yards rushing, according to ESPN’s David Hale.

Firmly rooted in Heisman Trophy racing, Maye deflects all the praise for his teammates.

“It’s kind of humbling,” Maye said of the Heisman rant in one Interview with Hale. “It’s not that I don’t deserve it. I was expecting to have this kind of season with the talent around me, we have an experienced O line, I really feel like things would change in that way. But really, the credit goes to my teammates. I don’t make any of these plays without her.”

Though Maye says winning the “Heisman is always the dream,” his primary focus is helping UNC win its first national championship. Maye’s older brothers Luke (UNC basketball) and Cole (Florida baseball) both won a title while they were in college.

“I’d happily walk away with a national championship ring,” Maye said. “Two of my brothers have this, and my brother Beau has a chance to win one over there this year. So everyone could have one and they can pull it over my head.”

Maye is considered one of the top picks for the 2024 NFL draft, along with Williams, who completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,742 yards and 28 touchdowns against an interception in his freshman season at USC. The Oklahoma transfer has also rushed 72 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns.

Coming out of high school, Maye was a four-star prospect ranked the No. 56 player and No. 9 quarterback in the Class of 2021.

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