Seahawks draft 2023 boom or bust No. 3: Will Levis
I have a greater concern about Levis than Richardson. While both quarterbacks have strong arms and Levis has an extremely quick release, Levis seems to struggle more with simple decision-making. One game worth watching if you need to see where this concern stems from is Kentucky's game against Tennessee in 2022. Levis made numerous throws that were poorly-thrown and ill-advised as he either didn't see the Tennessee defender nearby or tried to force a pass at the worst time.
Levis finished the game against the Vols 16 of 27 for just 98 yards and 3 interceptions. And each interception was just a bad decision. Levis finished the season throwing 19 touchdown passes against 10 picks. That is not a ratio from a quarterback worth taking a high pick on.
There is no question about Levis's arm strength and ability to get rid of the ball. He should be able to success in the NFL with the skills he has. But more than Richardson's inaccuracy, which can be coached to be better, it is difficult to get a player to react differently mentally under pressure.
While the Seahawks should probably take a difference-maker on the defensive side with pick number 5, a person can't rule out the possibility of Seattle choosing a quarterback. The team exceeded expectations in 2022 and appears to be on the upswing towards being a championship contender, but taking the wrong player, especially if it is a quarterback, at pick 5 could set all the momentum back. Still, watch. All the players listed above will be Hall of Famers one day.