ESPN’s Mel Kiper: Malik Willis ‘tends’ to be 1st QB drafted ‘on talent’ | Launderer’s report
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Liberty’s Malik Willis might have cemented his status as the top quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft class thanks to his work during Senior Bowl week.
In Monday’s edition of First tryESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said (at 30:20) that Willis, “if things go the way they are, could still be the first quarterback to sign talent.”
Earlier in the program, ESPN’s Todd McShay said he thought Willis was “playing really well,” especially during a practice where bad weather was causing problems for other quarterbacks.
McShay went on to say (5:34) that Willis “has the stronger arm – and it was evident on tape and evident again in the Senior Bowl.” He added that the Flames’ signalman is “the most mobile and electrifying player at quarterback.”
However, McShay expressed some concerns about whether the 6’1″ passer will make a quick transition to the NFL, but still lobbied to pitch him upfront.
After transferring from Auburn in 2019, Willis spent two seasons at Liberty and threw for 5,107 yards, 47 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in 23 games. He also rushed for 1,822 yards and 27 scores averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
The NFL B/R scouting department predicted Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett would be the only QBs off the board in the first round. But in a year without an outstanding prospect in this position, the door is wide open for someone to create drawing boards. It looks like someone might be Willis.