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Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr., Will Levis Lead The Way In Way-Too-Early 2023 NFL Mock Drafts

The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone with 15 former Penn State football players joining NFL teams through the draft and free agency. With that, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year’s draft to see where analysts expect Penn State’s players to land.

Defensive back Joey Porter Jr. and former Penn State quarterback Will Levis, who transferred to Kentucky last year, are both early favorites to hear their names called on day one.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at where draft experts expect Porter and Levis to land in next year’s draft.

Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports)

Contrary to this year’s draft, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports sees the 2023 NFL Draft being very top-heavy with quarterbacks. Wilson predicts that three quarterbacks will hear their names called within the first seven picks. Levis is one of them, as Wilson has the New York Giants selecting Levis with the No. 5 overall pick.

Wilson also thinks the Seattle Seahawks will take Porter with the No. 26 overall pick they received from the Denver Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade.

Luke Easterling (Draft Wire)

Much like Wilson, Draft Wire analyst Luke Easterling sees the Giants selecting Levis with their top selection, this time at No. 6 overall.

“Levis has the talent to rise up the draft board with a strong 2023 campaign,” Easterling said.

Easterling also has Porter coming off the board with the No. 26 pick, but he sees the Los Angeles Chargers as his future home. Porter would join an already dynamic defensive backfield with Pro Bowlers JC Jackson and Derwin James.

“The Chargers have one shutdown artist on the outside now in J.C. Jackson, and the perfect fit with Asante Samuel Jr. in the slot,” Easterling said. “Here they grab another NFL legacy pick in Porter, who would give them another talented cover man to line up on the outside.”

Dane Brugler (The Athletic)

Brugler is higher on Porter than the previous two analysts, as he envisions the cornerback coming off the board with the No. 20 pick to the Indianapolis Colts in his mock draft. In this scenario, Porter would be the fourth defensive back taken.

“The son of former NFL pass rusher Joey Porter isn’t the most consistent cover man and has his share of missteps on tape, but he is a long, fluid athlete with the potential to be a future first-round pick with continued development,” Brugler wrote.

Despite signing Marcus Mariota this offseason, Brugler thinks the Falcons will try to find their long-term solution at quarterback. With CJ Stroud and Bryce Young already off the board, Brugler predicts that the Atlanta Falcons will make Levis the organization’s franchise quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick.

“The top senior quarterback in next year’s class, Levis blossomed in his first season at Kentucky after transferring from Penn State,” he wrote. “He is a good-sized athlete with a loose arm and the creative instincts to make plays.”

Jason McIntyre (Fox Sports)

In Jason McIntyre’s mock draft, he has the Falcons taking Levis No. 2 overall, which would make him the second signal-caller off the board behind CJ Stroud. However, he calls the Kentucky Wildcat a “sneaky” pick to be the first quarterback taken. McIntyre doesn’t have any current Nittany Lions getting a first-round nod, though.

Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report)

According to Brent Sobleski, the Detroit Lions will select Porter with the No. 30 overall pick, teaming him with former Penn State defensive back Amani Oruwariye and 2022 No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson.

Despite drafting Matt Corral in 2022 and still having Sam Darnold under contract, Sobleski believes the Panthers will use the No. 6 pick in the 2023 draft on Levis to finally give them the long-term answer at quarterback they’ve been looking for.

Joe Marino (The Draft Network)

In Joe Marino’s mock draft, we see Levis once again land with the Giants with the No. 6 overall pick. Marino says Levis is built like “an action figure with terrific mobility and arm talent.”

Additionally, he has Porter landing with one of the best teams in the NFL. With the No. 31 pick, Marino has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking Porter to help strengthen their secondary.

“Porter is everything the Buccaneers typically prefer in terms of size and physicality from the position,” Marino noted.

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Devon Craley

Devon is a junior studying sports journalism. He has the genuine misfortune of being a Philadelphia sports fan...IYKYK. Send your hot takes and preferably your freezing cold takes on Twitter to @devon3134. Devon is also your friendly, neighborhood State College movie nerd.

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