NEXT ON OUR SCOUTING REPORTS IS WILL LEVIS. CHECK OUT OF OTHER 2023 NFL DRAFT SCOUTING REPORTS HERE.
- Position: QB
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 232 lbs
- School: Kentucky Wildcats (transfer from Penn State)
- Games Watched: Florida (2022), Georgia (2022), Miss. State (2022)
- Good size and frame for an NFL starter
- Great, NFL level, arm – able to make almost every throw that an NFL team could ask of him
- Solid athlete, not a true duel-threat QB but able to keep plays alive with his feet
- Throws with good touch, and is able to differentiate that with high velocity passes
- Has good experience in a “pro-style” offense at Kentucky
- Performed quite well with a shoddy supporting cast in college
- Has potential to grow as a QB, high ceiling prospect?
- Showed good arm angles and good ability to throw into tight windows
- Older prospect, will be 24 in his rookie campaign
- Decision making needs work, can make boneheaded plays often
- Very sketchy under pressure
- Lacks poise and presence in the pocket
- Inconsistent ball placement and accuracy
Projected role in the NFL:
Although his pros and cons make him out to be a “raw” prospect that needs to sit for a year to be ready in the NFL, I do believe that Levis can start from day one given the experience that he has had in a “pro-style” offense. However, I do think that a veteran QB on the roster would be great for him to aid his transition into a full NFL offense.
Best team fit(s):
Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions
I think that these three teams would be the best, as well as realistic, places for Levis to end up. The Colts’ run game would help ease Levis into the role, especially with what should be a new regime in Indy. The same goes for the Panthers as they should also be getting a new head coach. Should Detroit choose to move on from Jared Goff, I believe that the Lions are the most desirable team for any rookie QB. This is due to the offensive talent that this team already has, coupled with a good offensive coordinator in Ben Johnson and a strong offensive line that will keep them on their feet.
I believe that, due to his big arm and his running ability, Levis’ ceiling is a true elite QB in the NFL, one that could compete for an MVP trophy – somewhat similar to Josh Allen. However, his floor is a toolsy player that never really hit the ground running and a player that has untapped potential but doesn’t have a starting role – somewhat similar to Zach Wilson (whose tape was eerily similar to Levis’)
Grading scale: 9.0+ Blue Chip | 8.5-8.9, Mid 1st Round | 8.0-8.4, Late 1st Round | 7.5-7.9, 2nd Round | 7.0-7.4, 3rd Round | 6.5-6.9, 4th Round | 6.0-6.4, 5th Round | 5.5-5.9 6th Round | 5.0-5.4, 7th Round | <5.0, UDFAs
Grade and Draft Value: Levis grades out as an early 2nd round pick to me (7.9) and is my QB4. I do think, however, he will be selected in the top 10 as his intangibles will be valued by a QB-needy team at the top end of the draft.
If given the time and support to develop, Levis could really tap into his potential and exceed expectations throughout his NFL career. It’s just a question of if he gets that support or if an NFL team pushes this slightly raw, 24-year-old QB straight into the deep end and lets him figure it out for himself.
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