It’s been 44 years since Joe Montana was taken 82nd general within the 1979 NFL Draft and 23 years since The GOAT, Tom Brady, was taken 199th general within the 2000 NFL Draft.
To say that NFL groups have by no means realized a factor about drafting the place of quarterback can be a colossal understatement. That’s precisely why former Kentucky Wildcats QB Will Levis and his abundance of distinctive intangibles ought to have him sitting on the very prime when the Carolina Panthers are on the clock come April 27. However extra on that later.
On the earth of NFL scouting it’s turn out to be a reasonably weird and unhappy actuality, that to this very day — outdoors of the exceedingly uncommon case of a mortal lock like Peyton Manning — it’s nearly as if nearly all of franchises within the league have outwardly insisted on pedaling backward in regard to evaluating quarterbacks.
Social media has on no account helped in the case of this ongoing tragedy. The clear misses appear to be extra frequent than ever.
Look no additional than the painful case of the New York Jets and the roaring catastrophe of a quarterback that is Zach Wilson, whose hype vaulted to the moon throughout his Professional Day at BYU after throwing a bomb to a wide-open receiver, the lone participant on the sphere aside from Wilson on the time.
Cool spotlight? Completely.
A legitimate cause for everybody to collectively soil their sweatpants and vault Wilson to the very prime of their Mel Kiper-autographed “Massive Board”? No approach in hell.
All of us rapidly realized what Wilson would truly appear to be as an NFL quarterback when there have been 11 opposing gamers stationed on the sphere actively taking part in protection.
The 23-year-old QB, taken No. 2 general, has already turn out to be a forgettable and regrettable afterthought within the eyes of each the Jets entrance workplace and all these lovely Jets followers on the market. The truth that this group remains to be desperately searching for the companies of Aaron Rodgers, with apparently no movement whatsoever at the moment, ought to let you know all the things you want to know in regards to the state of affairs in the case of who’s lining up underneath heart in September.
This, after all, brings us immediately again to Will Levis and the 2023 NFL Draft.
There’s been a particular type of hype for this one and we are able to all give a digital high-five to Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson for almost all of that, thanks partly to his obscene uncooked athletic potential that was highlighted by a crowd-pleasing video of the 20-year-old leaping very, very excessive.
By now, everybody appears to have zeroed in on their man after probably altering their thoughts quite a lot of instances. However usually talking, it’s come all the way down to some scrambled mixture of Bryce Younger, C.J. Stroud, Will Levis, and Anthony Richardson.
Contemplating the beforehand talked about Kiper sincerely has the Tennesse Titans trading up to nab Richardson is fairly telling all by itself.
Oh sure, it’s turn out to be abundantly clear that nobody’s really certain of something and we’ve all resorted to launching darts at a floating goal with a blindfold on.
Enter the aforementioned Levis, an absolute specimen of a participant and confirmed final weirdo.
At 6-foot-4 and 230-plus kilos and counting, Levis clearly homes the bodily skillset required to outlive and advance within the modern-day NFL, the place quarterback depth has by no means been extra essential.
Of probably extra significance, although, Levis has the “excessive issue” (learn: insane) very a lot serving in his favor. The man significantly simply sits round between exercises consuming non-peeled brown bananas like a traditional human would sip away at a Poland Spring. That is akin to Dexter Morgan having blood splatter hearth proper again at his face upon that fateful first stabbing and barely flinching.
So if this unusual banana-eating behavior hasn’t harmed him by now, it simply lends extra credence to Levis being an indestructible pressure who will most likely dwell without end.
And just like the likes of Tom Brady — who claims to have by no means had a cup of espresso in his whole life — Levis goes simply as onerous in that regard albeit in the wrong way.
Very similar to the customary, basic pairing of peanut butter and loopy glue, the mayonnaise should go within the espresso within the land of Levis. However after all!
Within the above video, Levis presents this very particular and equally disturbing espresso desire so casually it’s as if he have been about to listing his prime 5 favourite TV reveals on some cliche late-night speak present phase.
Sadly, any such stuff might be alarming for some NFL scouts, nevertheless it actually shouldn’t be. Nonetheless, that even-keeled “but additionally undoubtedly loopy” issue is crucial to sustainability within the NFL. And it goes proper again to Tom Brady as soon as once more as a result of that very same charismatic and well-spoken No. 12 we so usually noticed in interviews following numerous comeback victories was the identical man we noticed on the sphere, routinely knocking helmets after the whistle was blown with defensive monsters like Terrell Suggs with none semblance of worry.
In actual fact, Brady was often seen smiling throughout many of those situations, just like the really fantastic psychopath we’ve come to know so effectively.
As Levis’s former Kentucky teammate Chris Rodriguez said, he’s “in contrast to some other individual I’ve ever met.”
Contemplating all the things else is already there by way of bodily potential together with the right instruments to go together with it, that quote proper there may be among the many game-changers that pushes Will Levis excessive.
Now, does any of this make logical sense in the case of formally knighting your franchise quarterback for years and years to come back? When in comparison with all the things else being barked out on numerous social media platforms and locations like ESPN, it most actually does.