Kentucky quarterback Will Levis was the overwhelming favourite to be selected with the fourth overall pick in last night’s first round of the NFL Draft. The Indianapolis Colts were said to have been all-in on the 23-year-old from Newton, Massachusetts, with some rumbles even emerging that he could even be taken second by the Houston Texans.
But after fellow quarterbacks Bryce Young and CJ Stroud were taken with the first two picks, Levis seemed destined to go fourth to the Colts.
However, the franchise instead made the surprising decision to go with raw Florida prospect Anthony Richardson, instead of Levis. The camera panned to Levis for a second time, and would continue to do so throughout the night as he dramatically was not selected at all in the entire first round.
Levis now heads into the second day of the NFL Draft as the top prospect available, but his future remains unclear despite reports teams are now looking to trade up to select him. With the vast majority of teams now having their starting quarterbacks of the future set in stone, Levis might not be selected as early as his talent suggests that he should.
But how far will he fall in the draft? Here, Express Sport looks at the most likely landing spots for him in the second round.
New England Patriots (trade up)
The New England Patriots are reportedly already considering the idea of trading up, Mike Giardi has reported. The Pats met with Levis earlier this month, and could bring him in to challenge Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe ot even move one of them on.
Los Angeles Rams (No.36)
Some had linked Levis to the Rams with the team trading into the first round for him. Their current quarterback Matthew Stafford has struggled with injuries in recent years, and Levis could be the long-term successor.
Seattle Seahawks (No.37)
The Seahawks met with Levis in the pre-draft process and even posed for a photograph with him on their social media pages. Levis was said to be an option for them with the fifth overall pick, but they ended up passing on him twice in the first-round but early in the second round he may represent value and promise as a project behind Geno Smith.
Tennesse Titans (No.41)
Another team who were heavily linked with trading up into the top 10 for Levis, the Titans could now pull off a huge coup in selecting him in the second-round to take over from Ryan Tannehill.
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