The past few seasons, we have witnessed the unforeseen rise of Joe Burrow, Trey Lance, Mac Jones, and Zach Wilson. The 2022 quarterback class is littered with talent but consistency is key heading into draft season. The 2021 season will pay dividends for some quarterbacks to watch their name climb draft boards.
Could this quarterback be Ole Miss’s Matt Corral, Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels, or Nevada’s Carson Strong? Anything is possible, but I am planting my flag on the Malik Willis estate. Willis stands 6-foot-1 and 215-pounds and he carries the weight well.
Malik Willis’ path to Liberty
Malik Willis began his career as a three-star recruit to Auburn in 2017. After losing the quarterback battle to Bo Nix, Willis transferred to Liberty in 2019. He was not eligible to play that season due to transfer rules. His return to the gridiron came during a global pandemic in 2020 and he did not disappoint as a first-time starting college quarterback.
Willis accounted for over 3,200 total yards from scrimmage and 36 touchdowns. He has the toolbelt to create havoc for opposing defenses on all three levels. The best dual-threat quarterback in the country, Willis fits the mold of the modern NFL signal-caller. He is built like a running back and possesses a hose for an arm.
- Bazooka arm talent
- Dynamic dual-threat
- Physical running style
- Multiple arm angles
- Off-platform throws
- Improvisor/makes plays out of structure
Areas to improve
- Playing in structure
- Too reliant on the fastball (use the slider/change ups)
- Scanning the field
- Speeding up his process
- Protect his body as a runner
Malik Willis is a treat to watch and study. Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, and Joe Burrow were relatively unknown as prospects prior to their breakout seasons, but Willis splashed on the college football canvas last season. His dynamic and explosive abilities captivated fans around the nation. Heading into his second season in head coach Hugh Freeze’s offensive system, Willis has the opportunity to solidify his name among the best college quarterbacks.
Willis’ talented and versatile skillset shined the light on him. His arm talent is undeniable and the tweet below showcases this fact.
Incredible play and throw by Malik Willis. Ridiculous arm talent. Arguably the best in this class!
I’m ready for College Football! pic.twitter.com/3dLoUuzeKW
— Full-Time Dame 💰 (@DP_NFL) August 23, 2021
With a sprinkle of refinement added to the ridiculous physical tools, Malik Willis could make a meteoric rise similar to those aforementioned quarters of past drafts. Overall, the 2022 quarterback class can be described with a sizeable question mark. There is no lack of talent, but consistency is one thing missing from his game.
The dust has not settled, in fact, it has clouded the atmosphere. I will be tuned in to watch and evaluate these young signal-callers.
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