Will Levis | Kentucky 6’4” 229 lbs. | 06/27/1999 (23)
Will Levis was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, becoming the fourth Quarterback and 33rd overall player in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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Believe it or not, Levis came into college in the same recruiting class as Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. He was a three-star recruit and the 28th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class. Three years later after transferring from Penn State, he earned his shot at the starting signal-caller role and exceeded expectations tremendously for the Wildcats. In 13 games played, he accumulated 2,826 passing yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. This past season, his numbers declined a bit but he was just as good, as he threw for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He finished his Kentucky career second all-time for his school in wins (17), fifth in career passing touchdowns (43), and sixth in career passing yards (5,233).
Has the prototypical size and frame for an ideal pro-style quarterback. Shows deep-ball accuracy and makes the secondary pay when caught sleeping. Athletic passer who shows capabilities to thread the needle, with his impeccable arm strength, through tight windows on the run. His throwing mechanics are clean and sharp. Goes through his progressions well, and surveys the field while staying in the pocket. Has a very high ceiling. Shows toughness and doesn’t shy away from contact during big moments.
Although he goes through his progressions, it’s usually at a lower rate. When pressured, his decision-making skills falter too often. In 38 collegiate games, he turned the ball over 32 times (25 interceptions, seven fumbles). Poor feel, showcasing poor awareness inside the pocket. Lacks accuracy at times on short, simple passes. Inconsistent and oftentimes struggled to get out of passing slumps.
Levis measured in at 6’4” and 229 lbs. at the NFL combine, which equates to a BMI of 27.9. He ran a decent 4.75 40-yard dash at his Kentucky Pro Day, equating to a 121.5-burst score. His 40-time landed him in the 72nd percentile, and his impressive burst score places him in the 87th percentile. He did not participate in any strength drills.
Levis showcases good arm talent, but he isn’t elite in any athletic category. His breakout age (22.2 years old) only ranks in the 13th percentile, and he finished his collegiate career with a QBR of 68.6 (42nd percentile).
Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Great
Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Great
Levis was selected with the 33rd-overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft by the Titans.
One season removed from the Titans selecting Malik Willis in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, they now move on to Levis as Ryan Tannehill’s future replacement. He will unite with a young, stud pass-catcher in Treylon Burks, as the two highlight the team’s future. Expect Levis to start the season as the team’s backup, but if Tennessee’s 2023 campaign starts off slow, don’t be surprised if he slides into the starting role midway through his rookie year.
In your rookie drafts, Levis doesn’t stand out as an immediate impact player, so letting him slide out of the first round (just like in the real draft) may be the correct move. His value took a dip once he was drafted by the Titans, but he’s worth the shot if you are looking to simply add depth to your quarterback position. Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson 100 percent should be selected before him. But Levis is worth a late-first/early second-round selection.
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