Seahawks 2023 QB targets: The top three for Week 7
Number 3: Bryce Young
NFL Comp: Somewhere between Tyler Huntley and Kyler Murray
As we enter the “safe” picks, Bryce Young comes in at number 3, after a tremendous game in one of the most difficult places to play when Tennessee is rocking. Down big early, Young shook off any rust from injury, throwing 35/52 for 455 yards and two scores.
Very little came easy for Young, and when given a chance to put his team in position for a game-winning field goal, he got them in position. The field goal was wide, and Hooker took advantage.
While I have my concerns about Young’s durability, he stepped up on Saturday and made some incredible throws that translate to the NFL. He also has now twice been asked to lead a game-winning drive, and in both situations, he’s done his job.
That’s the difference between the good and the great on Sundays, and he’s shown it.
Number 2: Will Levis
NFL Comp: B+ version of Josh Allen
The past few weeks haven’t been great in Lexington, but on Saturday Levis and the Wildcats did enough to upset the 16th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs 27-17.
The offense still looks terrible in pass protection, as Levis simply doesn’t have the time that almost all of the other QB’s on this list have to make their throws. Nonetheless, he managed and controlled the game, earning a big bounce-back win.
Levis will be judged at the combine and pro day, likely to threaten to be the top overall pick. The challenge is daunting, but Levis could legitimately push for the top pick next month, as Kentucky will travel to Tennessee this week and host Georgia three games later.
Number 1: CJ Stroud
NFL Comp: Joe Burrow
The top quarterback in my rankings enjoyed the bye week, although he has likely fallen into a tie or possibly slipped in the Heisman chase, thanks to Hooker’s moment.
Stroud will have his moment coming, with battles against Penn State and Michigan on the horizon. I expect Stroud to take care of business and make their way to the college football playoff.
It’d be fascinating to see how he handles a defense like Clemson or Georgia. He’s the best player on the best team in the country in my opinion. He retains the throne until proven otherwise