On Thursday, the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft took place, and one of the biggest shocks was Will Levis falling out of the first round. Even though it was pretty obvious that Will Levis was not the best quarterback in this class, it was still shocking to witness the Kentucky QB to fall out of the first round.
There were many chances that teams had to take him, but it just was not in the cards for the strong-armed signal caller.
This to me is the most shocking thing about the 2023 NFL Draft thus far. The NFL is a quarterback driven league, and to see many QB needy teams pass on Levis was a surprise nonetheless.
So, let’s look at the teams that probably should have taken Levis in round one.
Kentucky QB Will Levis shockingly falls out of 1st round
The Seahawks too Devon Witherspoon and Jaxon Smith-Njigba with their two first round picks. They easily could have taken Levis to eventually take over for Geno Smith.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders need a long-term answer, because that certainly isn’t Jimmy Garoppolo.
Ryan Tannehill turns 35 years old in 2023 and was quite poor as a passer the last two seasons. The Titans passing on Levis for Peter Skoronski was a shock to me.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers need a quarterback. Neither Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask are long-term options for them. They took Calijah Kancey instead.
Will Levis would have done well in Minnesota. It’s not like they can’t take him in day two, but picking him at 23 would have made sense as it would have given the Vikings the fifth year opiton.
New Orleans Saints
Derek Carr is fine, but he’s over 30 years old and is not a 7-10 year option. Will Levis could have sat behind Carr for a year or two before taking over the reigns in a weak NFC South.
Will Levis may end up being a second round quarterback. He now won’t have the potentially security of the fifth year option, which is big. I was a bit shocked to see Levis not get taken,
Perhaps day two will be more kind to him.