Malik Willis has some unique qualities to make him great, but also some flaws that could doom his potential. Too many scouts are in love with his great unique qualities, namely his strong arm and athleticism, while ignoring the flaws in his game.
There is no denying his strong attributes. But the fact he had to transfer from Auburn to Liberty should be a major red flag for anyone. The QB’s supposedly better than Willis? TJ Finley and Bo Nix. While both of these QB’s are intriguing specimens (Finley especially, who reminds me of Daunte Culpepper), Nix had to transfer to Oregon to remain a starter. But that leaves the question about Willis. At least Oregon is a semi-respectable football program. Why did Willis end up at Liberty? That was the best he could do?
Therein lies a lot of the problem with judging Willis: The level of competition he faced on the tapes is deplorable. Sure he can run…against Old Dominion? Troy? Let him run out of the pocket against Tampa Bay and see how long he lasts.
Willis has to be granted his strong arm, but can he read defenses? Can he handle pocket pressure? Jamarcus Russell had a strong arm too, and we know how well that went.
Willis threw some bad balls in college against lame competition. How will he do at the next level?
Mind you, I am not saying Willis has no chance of success. But QB’s like Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral have shown a lot more than Willis has. Unless Willis ends up with a great QB coach, he is worthless.