In the lead-up to the 2023 NFL Draft, there has been much speculation about the potential of various college quarterbacks who are expected to be among the top picks. Two players who have been mentioned frequently in discussions about the draft are Will Levis of Kentucky and Anthony Richardson of Florida.
However, according to a recent report by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, there are some NFL teams who do not view these players as first-round picks.
Breer made these comments during an appearance on the Greg Bedard Podcast, where he offered his predictions for the first two picks of the draft. Breer stated that he believed Bryce Young of Alabama would go first overall to the Carolina Panthers, while Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud would be selected second overall by the Houston Texans.
However, Breer also noted that opinions are divided on Levis and Richardson among NFL teams, with some teams believing that neither player is a first-round talent.
Breer stated that: “There’s a lot of split opinion on Levis and Richardson among teams. And there are teams that think neither of those guys are first round picks.”
Of the two players, Richardson is considered by many to have greater potential due to his raw athleticism. At the NFL Combine, Richardson turned heads with his impressive physical measurements, which included a height of 6’4 1/4″ and a weight of 244 pounds. However, it was his speed that really stood out, as he posted a remarkable 4.43-second time in the 40-yard dash.
Florida QB Anthony Richarson runs 4.4 at 6'4, 244 pounds!pic.twitter.com/Mx8EgHMEvG
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 4, 2023
Despite this impressive showing, it seems that some NFL teams remain unconvinced about Richardson’s ability to translate his physical gifts into success on the football field. Levis, meanwhile, has also drawn criticism from some quarters for his inconsistent play and lack of experience at the top level.
As the draft approaches, it remains to be seen where Levis and Richardson will be selected. However, it is clear that opinions are divided on their potential, and that they may face an uphill battle to prove themselves to NFL teams.