The Atlanta Falcons appear set at quarterback. But that apparently won’t stop the team from at least pursuing their options at the position in the 2023 NFL draft.
NFL Insider Jordan Schultz reported that the Falcons will host quarterback Will Levis for a visit this week. NFL draft experts consider the Kentucky signal caller one of the top four quarterbacks in the 2023 draft class.
While this isn’t shocking news, the visit comes as a bit of a surprise. That’s because Falcons head coach Arthur Smith named second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder the team’s starter behind center for the 2023 season at the NFL annual spring meetings on March 28.
The Falcons also have veteran Taylor Heinicke on the roster to be Ridder’s backup.
But general manager Terry Fontenot and the Atlanta organization is doing its due diligence with the 2023 quarterback class. In addition to Levis, the Falcons have a visit planned with Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson.
In addition to Levis, draft evaluators consider Richardson a top quarterback in the class. But, neither Levis nor Richardson is expected to be one of the first two signal callers drafted on April 27. Each quarterback presents high upside but also concerns.
“Levis is one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the draft, but there are warts in his game that might not be easily corrected,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote. “Levis’ talent is well worth an investment, but could require a talented quarterback coach and a patient plan to tighten up his mechanics, rebuild his confidence and explore an offensive scheme that best suits him.”
It’s unlikely that both Levis and Richardson will be available when the Falcons make their first selection at No. 8. But it’s possible that one of them could slip to that spot.
In case that happens, the Falcons will have their quarterback evaluations ready.