Liberty quarterback Malik Willis is all the talk right now with early looks to the 2022 NFL Draft, but it is time to pump the breaks.
Just this past year, we saw five quarterbacks round out the top 15 of the 2021 NFL Draft. And now with that class in the rearview mirror, we begin to take on another class of quarterbacks. One quarterback at the center of all of the conversation is Liberty gunslinger Malik Willis, who has gotten some early hype as the top quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
It is time to press pause on this conversation and save it for a later date.
While Willis is flashy and led his team to their best in school history, there are some issues that arise on tape for Willis. Here we will take a look not only at his box score, but the positives and negatives of his game as the draft remains far away.
Looking at the season Malik Willis had in 2020
The numbers for Willis were highly impressive as he led the Flames to a 10-1 season that was capped off with a win over Coastal Carolina. In his first season as the starting quarterback since transferring from the University of Auburn, Willis had an impact with both his arm and his legs, and it showed up in the box score.
Willis threw for 2,250 yards passing and 20 touchdowns, completing over 64 percent of his passes in 2020. Not only was Willis highly efficient with the football a year ago, but he was also protective of it, throwing just six interceptions on the season. He went on to add another 14 touchdowns on the ground, rushing for a massive 944 yards as well.
The box score is flashy for Willis, but now we turn on the tape to break down the game of the Redshirt Senior quarterback.