The NFL Draft is almost upon us, and, as per usual, there’s been plenty of speculation about, well, pretty much anything.
But one thing’s for sure by now, or so it seems: Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, and Will Levis will all be taken in the first round.
However, NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper believes another QB prospect could climb his way up, predicting Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker to also be taken within the first 31 picks.
.@McShay13 and @MelKiperESPN's first-round QB predictions in their final mock draft. Thoughts? 👀 pic.twitter.com/8qNHKnS8sT
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) April 27, 2023
Of course, that prompted some reactions on social media, with fans debating who’s the best QB prospect in this class.
Richardson is going first overall
& still no one sees it
It’s wild to me
— roc fantasy ⚡️ (@rocfantasy_) April 27, 2023
I'm just happy to see none of them at 7.#RaiderNation
— YoungDan (@dyoung7506) April 27, 2023
As a Colts fan my entire life, I can tell you with 100% certainty that we’re not drafting Will Levis.
— John Marquez (@marquezjk18) April 27, 2023
Richardson to Tampa
— Neur🆗️tic (@Guru85Neurotic) April 27, 2023
Rams trade up for a QB? Seems unlikely and we'd riot lol.
— Far2Reckless 🐏's🏠! (@soulreaper313) April 27, 2023
Young seems like a star in the making, as he possesses all the intangibles to be great.
He’s poised, in control, and has elite football IQ and the ability to breakdown plays and read defenses.
However, his lack of size and muscle are serious concerns.
Stroud could be the safest bet there, as he’s proven to be able to produce at an elite level in a high-volume offense with both his arm and his feet, although he does offer less upside than other options.
Richardson’s potential seems untapped.
He’s an athletic freak with great arm strength and speed, yet his poor numbers in college and bad completion percentage are question marks.
The same goes for Levis, a physical specimen that could turn out to be Josh Allen 2.0, but who really struggled to produce at the collegiate level.
Last but not least, Hooker was having a Heisman-caliber season in an explosive Volunteers’ offense, but his game may not translate to the NFL, not to mention the fact that he’s 25 years old already, and coming off a major knee injury.NEXT: Former NFL Star Believes Ravens Could Land DeAndre Hopkins