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Will Levis saga ends: Titans make bold move to secure him as potential future quarterback

The NFL draft is always full of surprises, and this year was no exception. One of the biggest surprises was the fall of former Kentucky quarterback Will Levis out of the first round. However, Levis didn't have to wait long to hear his name called as the Tennessee Titans traded up in the second round to select him with the No. 33 overall pick.

The Titans had not selected a quarterback in the first round, but they made a bold move on Friday night by trading with the Arizona Cardinals to secure Levis. In exchange for the former Kentucky quarterback, the Cardinals received a second-round pick, a third-round pick in this year's draft, and a third-round pick in 2024. The Titans also received a third-round pick from the Cardinals.

Levis was projected to be a first-round pick, but the Titans were happy to get him in the second round. He completed 65.4% of his passes last season at Kentucky for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Levis was also a two-time captain and finished his career with a 17-7 record as a starter, tying Terry Wilson for Kentucky's second-most quarterback wins since 1993.

Although the Titans have veteran Ryan Tannehill as their starting quarterback, Levis will have the opportunity to learn from him and compete for the backup role under new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. Tannehill's contract has two voidable years at a combined $9.2 million in cap charges after the 2023 season.

He's expected to be Titans' future quarterback after Tannehill

Levis is expected to take over as the Titans' starting quarterback in 2024 if the team voids the remaining two years on Tannehill's deal. Until then, he will have to compete with Tennessee's 2022 third-round pick, Malik Willis, for the backup role.

The Titans started their draft by selecting offensive tackle Peter Skoronski out of Northwestern with the No. 11 overall pick. This is the second straight year that the Titans have traded up in the draft to select a quarterback.

Last year, former general manager Jon Robinson traded up to take Willis out of Liberty at No. 86 overall. However, Willis started only three of the eight games he played and was eventually benched in favor of Joshua Dobbs, who was signed in December to help get the Titans into the playoffs.

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