Caleb Williams, the No. 1 Pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, Crosses the Stage in Chrome Hearts and Tassled Loafers

In a move that surprised no one, the Chicago Bears selected star quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. And when he crossed the stage to shake NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand, he did so in style.

For the moment, Williams chose a classy navy suit by Chrome Hearts. The highlight of the look was its double-breasted jacket, which featured a bold silver zipper. On foot, the athlete opted for a pair of tasseled dress loafers. Also, his nails — which he paints often — were silver for the occasion.

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Caleb Williams in a Chrome Hearts suit and tasseled dress loafers at the 2024 NFL Draft.Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

Williams played two seasons of college football at USC, after completing one season at Oklahoma. During his time at USC, the quarterback won the Heisman Trophy in 2022, which is given to the most outstanding player in college football. Also in 2022, Williams won the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the best player in college football, also winning the Walter Camp Player of the Award and was named AP College Football Player of the Year and Sporting News College Football Player of the Year.

The quarterback also broke several records while at USC. For instance, Williams has the USC single-season record for total offense (4,919 yards), most touchdowns scored rushing and passing (52), passing completions (333), most touchdown passes thrown (42) and several more. Also, he has USC’s single-game record for most yards running and passing (503).

While at USC, Williams secured name, image and likeness (NIL) deals with Dr. Pepper, Nissan, Wendy’s, United Airlines and more.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27, and coverage will be provided by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

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Peter Verry is the Senior News and Features Editor for Athletic and Outdoor at Footwear News. He oversees coverage of the two fast-paced and ultracompetitive markets, which includes conducting in-depth interviews with industry leaders and writing stories on sneakers and outdoor shoes. He is a lifelong sneaker addict (and shares his newest purchases via @peterverry on Instagram) and spends most of his free time on a trail. He holds an M.A. in journalism from Hofstra University and can be reached at

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