Sean Payton only needs a few syllables to sum up USC quarterback Caleb Williams.
"A generational player," he told Colin Cowherd on Monday.
The former New Orleans Saints coach joined Cowherd on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Monday to talk about the future of the NFL, and how Williams will change it.
So far this season, the sophomore quarterback slung it for 3,712 yards, 34 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Williams ranks seventh in most passing yards, sixth in passing efficiency and is tied for sixth in most passing touchdowns in the FBS.
On the ground, Williams rushed for 10 touchdowns, three of which came against Notre Dame on Saturday, when he also emerged as the Trojans' first-string punter.
Payton said Williams is a player that NFL teams could plan to tank for. To combat that, he thinks the NFL will move toward a lottery-style draft system "eventually."
"This player is the type of player that we would look back on in five years and say, ‘He’s why the lottery exists now…’" Payton said of Williams. "Eventually, it’s going to happen."
"This player" also reminds Payton of the NFL's leader in passing yards, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who's thrown for 3,585 yards this season.
"We in scouting like to say, ‘Who does he remind you of?’" Payton said. "We’re not putting that pressure on Caleb saying, ‘Oh, you’re going to be the next Mahomes.’ But, it’s very good when you can say, ‘He’s like this.’"