Why the New York Jets could pick Kentucky QB Will Levis in the 2023 NFL Draft

It’s never too early to start looking at prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft, which brings us to Kentucky’s Will Levis.

Could the Jets have a particular interest in this Wildcats quarterback?

Yes, this is a distinct possibility for the following reasons:

  1. Jets QB Zach Wilson starts performing in 2022.
  2. Mike White and Joe Flacco, replacement QB for the Jets, only have one-year contracts.
  3. Kentucky offensive coordinator Rich Scargarello.


What does Kentucky’s offensive coordinator have to do with the Jets?

He was on the coaching staff of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Scangarello was on the same staff as Jets head coach Robert Saleh from 2017 to 2018, when Saleh was the 49ers’ defensive coordinator.

Why is this relevant?

That’s how the NFL works.

Chances are Levis will end up being drafted by the 49ers, Dolphins or Jets.

The obvious connection to the 49ers is Shanahan. The connection to the Dolphins is their new head coach Mike McDaniel, who also comes from Shanahan’s staff.

With Saleh’s connection to Shanahan and Scargarello, chances are Levis will end up in New York.

Flacco is getting long in the tooth and White will be looking for the path of least resistance for a chance to start.

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That could leave the Jets in position to draft Levis.

Levis has characteristics that match Shanahan’s offensive system which relies on a solid running game and throws primarily in the short-to-middle range.

Although Levis’ short game isn’t up to snuff, his strength kicks in at the middle road tier and Kentucky has a good running game.

Like I said, it’s never too early to start talking about next year’s prospects because Levis already has a consensus first-round rating throughout the NFL Draft community.

I’m actually late to the party. According to the NFL Draft Database, Levis should go:

No. 2 at the Falcons (FOX)

No. 3 at Lions (CBS)

No. 5 at the Colts (Pro Football Network)

No. 9 at the Giants (Draft Wire)

No. 17 at Seahawks (Walter Football)

As someone who worked on the staff in New York with Mr. Dick Haley, who drafted legendary QB Terry Bradshaw with Pittsburgh, I’m nowhere near that high on Levis.

I’m not even in the same zip code.

Kentucky QB Will Levis throws a pass in a bowl game
Kentucky QB Will Levis struggles with football
Kentucky QB Will Levis throws a pass into the pocket


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