On the clock: NFL Draft Pick No. 19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will Levis, Quarterback, Kentucky
Mock Draft 1.0 – Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t shown much faith in quarterback Kyle Trask after the retirement of Tom Brady, with the team signing Baker Mayfield to start in 2023. Mayfield has a chance to resurrect his career, but it seems a safer bet for the Buccaneers to look to the future.
Will Levis will go earlier than this but with no trades, he slides down to here. A raw prospect that has the potential to be the next Justin Herbert, Levis showed off his major upside and should make a team fall in love with him.
Levis threw for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season for the Kentucky Wildcats. Physically he has a cannon for the arm, with the velocity to get the ball anywhere he wants.
The downsides are evident too however. He had severe problems diagnosing defenses at Kentucky, which will only get more complicated in the pros. He’s also guilty of taking bad sacks and throwing bad interceptions, so he’ll have to cut down on those.
Levis has some similarities to Justin Herbert as a strong quarterback who had questions on his football IQ coming into the league. Herbert shocked the NFL world by demonstrating the ability to develop quicker than anyone thought, so teams will take a shot at Levis doing the same with his physical gifts.