Do you think Will Levis should be the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL Draft?
I don't know
The Carolina Panthers are still expected to take Young with the first pick on Thursday night, April 27, according to Vegas oddsmakers. Though, Levis' draft stock has been on the rise. He went from a 40-to-1 chance to go No. 1 to 4-to-1 at DraftKings earlier this week.
Even if he doesn't take that coveted top spot, the NFL is full of teams in need of a competent signal caller, and Levis is not expected to linger long.
Several mock drafts have him going to the Houston Texans with the No. 2 pick or to Indianapolis at No. 4. He's battling Florida's Anthony Richardson and C.J. Stroud from Ohio State as the quarterbacks expected to be taken off the board following Young.
Levis' road to get here was a rocky one. He was a three-star recruit out of Xavier High School who began his collegiate career at Penn State, where he spent two years as a backup. The 23-year-old transferred to Kentucky in 2021 and began to show off his deep throws and quick feet.
That versatility is one of the reasons why the recent surge in betting for Levis to leapfrog Young for the No. 1 pick seemed believable.
Per NFL.com, Levis is full of upsides:
Levis is one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the draft, but there are warts in his game that might not be easily corrected. He has prototypical size and experience operating in a pro-style passing attack. He’s an athletic passer, with the ability to zip off-platform throws with plus velocity from a compact release.
Though, he has struggled with accuracy problems and injuries, which may give some NFL general managers pause.
Only time will tell if he can play at an NFL level, but he's sure to make a big splash Thursday night.
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