Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis will declare for the 2023 NFL Draft. Sep 24, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday night, Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis was almost unanimously predicted to be selected in the first round, with most even projecting him to be selected among the draft’s top-10 picks. Ultimately, that didn’t happen, and one prominent NFL reporter has a report that might explain why.

According to a report from Chris Mortensen on Thursday night, multiple teams expressed concern about a toe injury that caused him to miss two games last season.

“Will Levis’ left toe that caused him to miss two games last year was ‘problematic’ for one team that considered him. Levis says the ‘toe has healed’ and good to go. Another team believes Levis could manage it but thought surgery would need discussion after season. Levis disagrees,” Mortensen said in

Obviously, this would be pretty big news as it would help explain why one of the draft’s top quarterbacks slipped out of the first round. And people had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

We’ll have to see where Levis is ultimately selected on Friday and whether or not that toe injury becomes an issue for him as he transitions to the next level.

[Chris Mortensen]