University of Kentucky quarterback Will Levis became the latest NFL draft prospect to show up to the ceremony only to painfully plummet in the draft, joining the likes of Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers before him.
Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft — particularly the last week or so prior — there seemed to be momentum behind Levis, with some NFL analysts and bookmakers speculating he could for #2 overall to the Houston Texans.
Ultimately, the Texans took Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud at #2 before the Indianapolis Colts took Anthony Richarson at #4. From there, Levis not only fell out of the Top 10 but out of the first round entirely.
Now, according to reports from ESPN veteran insider Chris Mortensen, one of the reasons that Levis shockingly fell out of the first round is because some teams were reportedly concerned about his injured toe.
“Will Levis’ left toe that caused him to miss two games last year was ‘problematic’ for one team that considered him. Levis says the ‘toe has healed’ and is good to go. Another team believes Levis could manage it but thought surgery would need discussion after the season. Levis disagrees,” Mortensen tweeted.
During his final season as a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, Levis completed 65% of his passes for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. His best season as a college player came in 2021 when he completed 66% of his passes for 2,826 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
Levis will remain a storyline during the second round of the draft, as quarterback-needy teams might potentially consider trading up to acquire him now that he’ll no longer cost them a first-round draft pick, thus making him a less risky selection.
The second round of the NFL Draft will resume on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. EST with rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 4-7 will then be held on Saturday, April 29.