We’ve heard several times that the Colts have interest in Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, and Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com reiterated today that the organization is a fan of the prospect (via Pat McAfee Show on Twitter). However, one surprising suitor has emerged in the Levis sweepstakes.
According to Mike Giardi (on Twitter), the Patriots have “real interest” in Levis, While there isn’t “universal” interest in the quarterback within the organization, there are some “important folks in that building” who believe in the player’s ability and potential. Giardi also cautions that the prospect hasn’t “blown anyone away” during his workouts, a surprising remark considering Levis’ draft stock seems to be climbing each day.
While Bill Belichick and co. have a penchant for moving back in the first round, the organization would surely have to move up the board if they hope to get their hands on Levis. The Patriots are currently sitting with the No. 14 pick in the draft, and if the Colts’ interest is for real, New England would have to jump into the top-three to get their hands on the signal-caller.
That would be a shocking development after the Patriots used a first-round pick on Mac Jones only two years ago. Jones took a step back during his sophomore season in the NFL, leading some to wonder if the coaching staff could be eyeing a quarterback competition heading into training camp. While that competition was assumed to feature Jones and Bailey Zappe, the Patriots could shock the NFL world by adding another player to the mix.
More QB draft notes…
- ESPN’s Todd McShay writes that he’s getting a “strong sense” that the Seahawks won’t leave the first round without a quarterback. McShay wonders if the front office could be eyeing Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud or Florida’s Anthony Richardson with the fifth-overall selection, noting that either prospect would make sense as a long-term developmental option behind Geno Smith. McShay also notes that the Seahawks could skip over the position at No. 5 before targeting Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker at No. 20.
- As we’ve heard previously, the Titans are in the mix for a quarterback, with McShay noting that they’re contenders to trade up from No. 11 to select Stroud or Levis. If the organization is unable to pull off a trade up the board, McShay writes that the front office would likely pivot and trade back, in which case they could select Hooker later in the first round.
- McShay says the Lions could be a surprising suitor for a quarterback prospect at No. 6. If Stroud does fall down the board, the writer opines that he won’t fall any further than Detroit, where he could serve as a temporary backup to Jared Goff. Meanwhile, while the Raiders previously sniffed around at a trade for Alabama’s Bryce Young, they’re unlikely to take a quarterback with the No. 7 pick, per McShay.
18 comments on “QB Draft Notes: Patriots, Seahawks, Lions”
Beat me to it .. feel OL is the first spot Pats address
Beat me to it … feel OL is the first spot Pats targets
This is why the NFL draft is awesome! You don’t know what the Patriots are going to do! Let’s quit the speculating and start the drafting already!!!!
I really don’t see a scenario in which the Lions end up taking a QB at 6. That would be such a wasted pick.
Detroit does not need a QB this year. Either they play out this year and they win and then they sign Goff to an extension or they fall apart thus giving them a better pick in next years draft and they move on from Goff.
If they really want to get a QB grab Hendon Hooker with the 18th pick if he is there and let him sit behind Goff for one year and learn the system. Do not waste the #6 pick, Detroit needs to get a blue chip defensive player.
Disagree. If they believe in Richardson’s talent, take him and let him sit behind Goff for a year. Would provide more financial flexibility and allow for sustained success in the future if he pans out. That offensive line is about to get real expensive.
If Richardson is on the board at #5 the Seahawks will take him and Detroit won’t have to worry.
I do not believe the hype surrounding Richardson. He can jump really far, he can jump really high, he can run really fast, but he cannot throw that accurately. If he was a bad jumper and a slow runner but had pinpoint accuracy I would consider him, but to many QB’s are hyped up each year just to bust in the NFL. I do not know if Richardson can grow into a great player, but I am not wasting an early 1st rounder on this guy. Its just my opinion but throwing the ball is an important trait for a QB and this guy kind of struggles with it. Goodluck to him I hope he succeeds in the NFL I really do but until the combine no one was talking about this guy as anything more then a late 2nd early 3rd prospect.
Sooo basically now everyone is saying they’re interested in the QBs…
Hmmm….seems awfully fishy this close to the Draft, sounds like everyone is just posturing trying to scare any later team that really wants one of the QBs into trading up..
Patriots would be in a much better position doubling down on Mac Jones and getting him the coaching he wants and the protection he needs and the receiving talent every quarterback needs.
That’s seemingly what they plan to do. This is a smoke screen. Chess vs. Checkers.
Give Belichick’s record with first round picks, the Patriots would do well to trade down as far as they can for more picks. The second and third round picks seem to do better than the first rounders in Patriots land.
The Lions will do what one least expects
Brad Holmes will stick to his plan
Always a surprise or two
@tradepartner; looks like Lions are trying to upgrade at TE. Ravens FO has indicated they want to add picks. Andrews to Lions for a 2 and 5 plus a blocker first TE from Lions depth chart.
When I think of the 2022 Patriots offense the first thing that comes to mind is that they did better than expected considering they didn’t have an Offensive Coordinator and used a former Special Teams Coordinator to coach the QBs.
Best value if the Lions stay at 6, OL the only guy they want on D is Will Anderson so if he’s gone, they can’t trade down, they take OL Jonah Jackson is a free agent soon & Decker is getting older
This really didnt age well