Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of the 2023 NFL Draft Focus. In this series, we will look at the incoming prospects hoping their names will be heard on draft night. Be sure to check often as we will produce content until the event’s start.
Will Levis is a quarterback prospect out of Middleton Connecticut. As a senior, he threw for 2,793 yards and 27 TDs. According to Rivals, he was listed as a three-star recruit and the 30th best at his position. He signed to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions out of high school. He became known for his unique eating habits such as drinking coffee with mayonnaise and bananas while unpeeled.
Levis attended Penn State for three years. He redshirted as a freshman and spent two years behind Penn State QB Sean Clifford. After playing sparingly at Penn State, he decided to transfer after Year 3 to Kentucky. At Penn State, he rushed for six TDs and 473 yards. In his first year at Kentucky, he led them to a 10-3 record with 2,826 passing yards and 24 TDs.
2022-2023 COLLEGE CAREER
A lot of expectations were on Will Levis as he was slotted in mock drafts even before the season started. Many scouts and analysts pegged him as one of the QBs to watch for the upcoming season. He led Kentucky to a 4-0 record start and was ranked by that time. His best performance in that span was against Youngstown where he threw for 377 yards. Against the big schools, 1 Georgia and 3 Tennessee, Will struggled to score just 12 points combined and threw one TD in those big games.
STRENGTHS: Physical Specimen
Will Levis is the most physically-imposing QB prospect in this class. When scouts see him, he could be the top QB in this year’s draft. He’s 6’3″ and 232 lbs, perfect for an NFL QB. He has the strongest arm in this draft class. His arm strength makes him the confidence to throw the ball downfield for a catch. On the run, he is mobile and powerful. Whoever drafts him, can mold him into Josh Allen in a way.
During the season, there were times when Will Levis looked like a possible Heisman candidate. There were times when he struggled greatly and made Kentucky look questionable. Not everything is to be blamed on him such as his inconsistent offensive line, which forced him to have moments of being unsure. But protecting the ball will be key for him. If he can put a little less on his throws for accuracy and protect the ball on the run, he can be a real threat to be the best QB in this class.
PLAYER COMPARISON: Jameis Winston
TEAMS WHO COULD DRAFT HIM
There’s a lot of love for Will Levis as he is a top-10 pick in all mock drafts. His size and physical traits make him a popular choice as one mock draft even had him going first overall. With all the QBs available or possibly available even before the draft, it will be very interesting to see who will draft Will Levis. The usual culprits are the Colts at 4th overall and the Raiders at 7th overall.