Heading into the summer, Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud appeared to have a significant gap as the top quarterbacks in next year’s NFL draft class. On Thursday, however, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. pitched a new name as the potential No. 1 overall pick: Kentucky quarterback Will Levis.
During an appearance on “Keyshawn, JWill & Max,” Kiper noted that “it’s a three-horse race” now between Young, Stroud and Levis to be the first quarterback off the board, but he gave Levis the lead. That’s quite a jump given that in Kiper’s initial 2023 NFL Draft Big Board in May, the 6-foot-3, 232-pound senior was ranked 22nd overall, rounding out the top five among NFL draft pickers. signals.