Just a quick post today as I’m heading home after a long working weekend in London but wanted to share some quick thoughts…
— Will Levis is now the betting favourite to be the #2 pick. I’m a little bit surprised that he’s jumped as high as #2 but far from shocked. There’s been a higher-than-usual amount of negativity about this quarterback class, Bryce Young aside. The stuff that’s currently being discussed about C.J. Stroud is bizarre.
Levis has always had a lot of talent and potential. In terms of physical projection, he’s the complete package. He knows there are things he has to work on. The situation at Kentucky was not conducive with success. People forget Texas Tech were 5-7 in Patrick Mahomes’ final season and Wyoming were 8-5 in Josh Allen’s senior year.
Wins and losses and statistics are part of the picture but can’t be the focus. It’s about projection. What can a player become?
Let’s not forget this quote from John Schneider:
“You have to be able to project where they’re going. You just can’t look at here’s A, B and C and that’s part of their game, you have to be able to say here’s A, B and C — what’s it going to look like at X, Y and Z? Where are they going to be? That’s the study, that’s the art, that’s the projection that’s involved.”
I’m not convinced Levis will go second overall and think it’s probably just a bit of market overreaction to some ‘chance your arm’ bets. I think his floor will be Indianapolis at #4, however. Even so, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if the Texans selected him. Levis has outstanding character and will help a new coach shape a culture. He’s a terrific scheme fit for the Shanahan offense. He can start quickly.
I think it’d be a great fit. Twitter might explode if the Texans make the move but it wouldn’t be the first time such a reaction proved foolish.
— Tony Pauline says the Cardinals are fielding trade calls for the #3 pick.
I’m a little bit confused by Tony’s report — I’m not sure whether he means a team wants to trade up to go O-line or whether the Cardinals will trade down and then make that selection. I suspect he means Arizona will move down to, say, the #11 pick and then pick an offensive lineman. That’s the range where the rush on the group is expected.
I think this could end up being a worry for the Seahawks. I was speaking to someone quite relevant yesterday who felt — and I tend to agree — that Anthony Richardson could be the quarterback out of the four available that most interests Seattle. If Will Anderson goes second overall and then someone moves up to #3 to select Richardson, that might be a worst case scenario.
Again, I don’t think Jalen Carter is the option Seahawks Twitter seems to believe. It was also interesting listening to Michael Lombardi this week discuss Tyree Wilson and mention some teams might have concerns about his foot injury — as those types of injury have a habit of reoccurring.
Personally I would hope the Seahawks are quite relaxed if the worst case scenario involves C.J. Stroud being the pick. Yet it’s hard to know what to think, given the negativity surrounding him over the last few days.
I’m set to interview Tony tomorrow so I will get some more info on what he’s hearing.
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