Mel Kiper Reveals Who He Believes Is The Best Pro QB From Draft Class
The upcoming NFL draft in April is thought to be rich in quarterbacks who have some serious potential, unlike last year’s draft, and one or more teams could end up selecting their next franchise signal-caller.
Mel Kiper of ESPN believes that Will Levis of the University of Kentucky is the best QB in this year’s draft class, and he has him over Bryce Young of the University of Alabama.
Will Levis as the best pro QB from this year’s class?@stephenasmith couldn’t believe @MelKiperESPN said this ? pic.twitter.com/SbixpvsfZ4
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 25, 2023
Most consider Levis and Young the best of this year’s group of college quarterbacks, but Kiper reasoned Levis is a bit above Young for a few reasons.
First, Levis played while hurt this season, and second, he had a subpar offensive line.
Still, he put up 2,406 passing yards and 19 passing touchdowns, and last season, he was at 2,826 passing yards and 24 passing touchdowns.
In 2021, Levis also ran for 376 yards and nine scores, but this year, he actually lost 107 yards on the ground, despite scoring two touchdowns himself.
Statistically, Young would seem like the superior quarterback, as he had 3,328 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns this year after posting 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns last year.
But Kiper is concerned about Young’s modest stature (he is six feet tall and weighs about 194 pounds), something that could be a huge detriment to his success in the NFL.
Levis, on the other hand, is 6-foot-3 and just over 220 pounds, and he has shown to have somewhat better potential as a QB who can move the chains with his legs.
Drafting is always an inexact science, and it is always possible that some unheralded player taken in a later round will turn out to be the best QB in this year’s draft, but several teams are surely wanting badly to draft either Levis or Young.