NFL Draft expert has Giants taking QB in first round come 2023

The excitement from the 2022 NFL Draft isn’t going anywhere, as the NY Giants faithful still can’t get over the big news that Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal are headed to East Rutherford. With that, is it too early to look ahead to 2023? Never.

ESPN’s Todd McShay has already been hard at work analyzing things for next spring, and he dropped a 2023 NFL Mock Draft for people to enjoy. Giants fans will certainly raise their eyebrows when they see who McShay has the team taking No. 8 overall for ’23.

Could the NY Giants replacement for Daniel Jones be Will Levis?

Per McShay, he’s got the G-Men going with star Kentucky signal-caller Will Levis. This is of course an intriguing option, as the New York front office didn’t exercise the fifth-year option for Daniel Jones. That means the former first-rounder’s contract with the team will expire after this upcoming season.

Despite being taken No. 6 overall by the Giants in 2019, Jones simply hasn’t delivered for this team and all signs are pointing to him leaving the team next winter – that is unless he balls out this fall and the Giants decide to present him with a new contract. If the Jones era does come to a close, Levis would be quite the option for New York if he’s still on the board.

Next year’s draft class is loaded with elite quarterbacks, as Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud are expected to be taken at the top of the first round. McShay has Stroud going No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans and Young No. 2 to the Detroit Lions. After that, the next best available QB would be Levis. There’s no way general manager Joe Schoen would be able to pass up on him, right?

Last season for the Wildcats, Levis, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, tossed for 2,926 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had a QB rating of 76.8, good enough for 18th in the country. Levis started his career with Penn State before transferring to the SEC and Kentucky. He won the starting job entering 2021 and never looked back.

Now leading up to 2022’s season, Levis is being looked at as one of the top prospects in the nation. If he can deliver for Kentucky and have another strong year for the team, Levis will only see his draft stock continue to go up. The Giants are in need for a new franchise quarterback and Levis very well could turn out to be that guy.