CBS Sports NFL Draft Analyst Ryan Wilson came out with his most recent 2023 NFL mock draft and he has former Penn State quarterback and current Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, and current Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr., being selected in the first round.
Wilson has Levis being selected in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings at No. 12 overall, while he has Porter going No. 19 overall to the Indianapolis Colts.
Wilson describes Levis as “If You built a quarterback in a lab he would look like Will Levis.” And it is hard to argue. Levis is 6-foot-3, 232 pounds, with the prototypical arm strength that has scouts buzzing.
Where Levis fits with the Vikings is that 2021 third-round pick Kellen Monk was released during the final cuts, and Kirk Cousins will turn 34 next week. New Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell may want to draft his own quarterback for his offense. Cousins will make $70 million guaranteed for the next two years, however, he is 59-59-2 as a starter.
Levis played for Penn State from 2018-2020, backing up Trace McSorley and then Sean Clifford before transferring to Kentucky, where he completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,826 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
Where Porter fits in with the Colts, is that they moved on from Rock Ya-Sin and would need to find a corner opposite rising cornerback Kenny Moore II, as they have Stephon Gilmore in his age 32 season starting opposite him. Porter proved his scouts right in their season opener against Purdue with eight tackles, three pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. Porter’s efforts earned him winning the Chuck Bednarik Award Defensive Player of the week.