This QB draft class has lots to offer beyond Young and Stroud
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has cemented himself as a top-tier prospect. NFL decision-makers I've spoken with are in awe of his arm talent and seem to love his swag as well.
Levis showed the whole package during a successful pro day last week, casually rocket-launching a 75-yard strike that looked more like something out of a video game than real life.
"He has a great arm, even by NFL standards," a veteran scout told me.
"He's a physical quarterback who drives the ball with his legs. I know he's been working on his mechanics too. … They were down in a lot of games. He's playing from behind. We'd have to clean some things up. But I think he knows that too. And that's not a bad thing."
What about Florida unicorn Anthony Richardson, who seems to be flying up draft boards? He had an impeccable pro day Thursday, and there's no way I see him getting out of the top 10.
"I almost wish we needed a quarterback," one executive of a playoff team told me. "We're still looking at all these guys, but we're not taking one early.
"Richardson reminds me of Josh Allen with his tools. He's so fast and explosive. Once you get him in an NFL program and really start to coach him up, there's superstar ability."
I fully expect Tennessee's Hendon Hooker to be a first-round pick as well. He has prototypical size and skill and checks the character box. There's not a scheme he can't grasp. His intelligence is off the charts, as is his work ethic. He's a pro.
"I don't know how he gets out of the first round," the scout told me. "He'll come in and compete right away. He's refined. He's accurate. He's been in two programs built on winning. He could wind up starting as a rookie."
In addition to the quarterbacks, the tight ends have been the belles of the pre-draft ball. As many as 12 could be selected, which is partly why the position suffered so much in free agency despite some terrific players hitting the market.
What I love most about this class, however, is the sheer diversity in styles.
Georgia's Darnell Washington is a hulking 6-foot-7, 264 pounds and runs like the wind (4.64-second 40-yard dash). That combination doesn't show up very often. "He's a freak," the scout told me. "That's the best way to put it."
Utah's Dalton Kincaid came out of nowhere. He started at FCS San Diego after receiving zero FBS offers and has remained a dominant force for the Utes, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors.
I was thrilled to learn of Kincaid's hoops prowess in high school. I like multi-sport athletes and late bloomers who really learn the position and the game. It's certainly not a prerequisite for success, but it never hurts. Kincaid is a truly elite pass-catcher and will be an immediate NFL contributor.
Iowa's Sam LaPorta is another guy teams really like. The Hawkeyes have recently produced T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, and George Kittle, so the pipeline is in place.
"If you need him to block an edge rusher, he'll do that," the scout told me. "He can pretty much chip anyone. He runs clean routes, he catches with his hands. He'll play pro football for a decade."
Jordan Schultz is theScore's NFL insider and senior NBA reporter. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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