Heading into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis was virtually a lock to be selected in the first round. Well, until he wasn’t. A victim to media hype, Levis became the latest quarterback prospect to slide, as he desperately waited in the green room to be selected.
Cameras kept panning to an exasperated Levis, who was still on the board at the end of the first round. After what was likely an uncomfortable and embarrassing night, Levis will not return for the second night of the NFL Draft. Nick Roush of Kentucky Sports Radio (On3 Sports) reported on Friday that Levis would not be waiting in the green room in Kansas City for a second consecutive night.
Will Levis is not staying in Kansas City for the second night of the NFL Draft.
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) April 28, 2023
While it’s unclear where Levis will spend Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft, he understandably wants to avoid any more negative attention. The only quarterback in recent memory to stay for the second and third rounds after a green room slide was Geno Smith. Though, the former West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback had to go out and get another suit before he heard his name called in the second round.
The reason for Levis’s fall from grace was revealed on Thursday night, According to a report from Chris Mortensen, multiple teams expressed concern about a toe injury that caused him to miss two games last season. With that in mind, Levis likely doesn’t want to be the center of attention if his slide continues.
The NFL world reacted to the huge Will Levis update on social media:
Bad move, you go back and you wait for your name to be called. Understand it’s a blessing. The people he is getting advice from is giving him the wrong advice. Man up and show teams you’re all in. That’s a I didn’t get picked so I’m taking my ball and going home move. https://t.co/JA3nCM0rYQ
— CoachCordell Landers (@TheRBCoach) April 28, 2023
Didn’t pack the second suit… https://t.co/tTDAFvVU1G
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWKYC) April 28, 2023
Honestly I probably would have rolled out last night
— Ryan Lemond’s Kegerator (@RyansKeg) April 28, 2023
Elvis has left the building.
Also he should maybe nut kick his agent. https://t.co/jA8JcJ6lXy
— Andy Holloway (@andyholloway) April 28, 2023
… and I don’t blame him. https://t.co/X4MfVonPUP
— Daniel Hager (@DanielHagerKSR) April 28, 2023
I wouldn’t either lol
— bkrist89 (@bkrist89) April 28, 2023
[Chris Mortensen on Twitter]