The Tennessee Titans selected Kentucky quarterback Will Levis in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 33rd overall.
The Titans traded with the Arizona Cardinals to obtain the No. 33 and No. 81 picks in exchange for the No. 41 and No. 72 selections and a 2024 third-round pick.
Levis, who was projected to be a top-10 selection, finally saw his slide end on Friday. The Kentucky product was the fourth passer selected after Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson. Tennessee picked Peter Skoronski with the No. 11 pick on Thursday.
The Titans added their quarterback of the future. Tennessee currently has Ryan Tannehill and 2022 third-round selection Malik Willis. Despite the addition of Levis, the club remains committed to Tannehill as its starter.
Levis began his collegiate career at Penn State, but he finished as a member of Kentucky. He passed for 5,232 yards and 43 touchdowns with a 149.9 passer rating over two seasons with the Wildcats.
Levis is your classic lottery-ticket QB prospect. Watch tape and you’ll find plenty of throws that’ll have you ready to buy in. But there are also a number of plays that’ll make you cringe. Your level of open-mindedness and willingness to let the process play out will go a long way in determining whether or not you can stomach Levis as an NFL prospect. But consider this: Josh Allen was drafted behind Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold because, as it turns out, there was too much focus on his faults. Levis’ shortcomings at this stage aren’t unlike those of Allen in 2018 – his accuracy is hit or miss, he makes some reckless decisions, and he often invites pressure in the pocket. He also has many of the rare physical traits that allow Allen to do things that other quarterbacks can’t. None of this is to say Levis is going to be Allen, or anything close. But if those unlearnable physical traits give him a chance, however small it may be, you can see why teams would be willing to take a swing.
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