Raiders 2023 7-round Mock Draft: Las Vegas lands a franchise QB
A week or two ago it seemed unlikely that the Raiders will be heading down this road, but after the aforementioned loss to Kenny Pickett and the Steelers, the franchise is moving in a different direction. Derek Carr has already left the team for the final two games and although they could technically bring him back, all signs point to him having played his last game for the Raiders.
So now our attention turns to the top quarterback prospects in the draft and with both CJ Stroud and Bryce Young off the board, we look to Will Levis out of Kentucky. Levis started his college career at Penn State and played sparingly but transferred to Kentucky ahead of his junior year.
He does not have the gaudy numbers of some of the other quarterback prospects with 43 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 24 games, but he is an accurate passer and is a threat to run.
Levis is an accurate passer on intermediate and long passes and throws what scouts call a very catchable ball. There are some issues with deep accuracy, but he has the arm strength to make all of the throws and in scouts speak has an “NFL arm “. He is solidly built at 6-2 and 230 pounds so there is little concern about him being able to handle the punishment at the pro level.
His dual-threat ability makes him an even more intriguing prospect but he’s definitely a developmental player. We don’t expect the Raiders will draft him and start him right away as there will be a learning curve before he takes over.