3 Most Likely Malik Willis Destinations in the 2022 NFL Draft
The 2022 NFL Draft is just over a month away and several teams will be looking for some quarterback help in the first round. Although the options aren't as plentiful as they were in past years, the Liberty Flames' Malik Willis is one of the signal-callers that stands out above the rest.
Willis has been solid under center in his last two seasons at Liberty, recording 377 completions, 5,107 passing yards and 47 touchdowns to 18 interceptions in 23 games. He was also a beast on the ground over that stretch, racking up 1,822 rushing yards and 27 TDs on 338 carries.
With teams vying for help under center, here are the three most like Willis destinations in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Malik Willis NFL Draft
1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks entered a new era when they shockingly traded away Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos this offseason. They did receive Drew Lock in return, but nothing indicates that he's a high-end starter going forward. If the Seahawks are going to commit to this new era, they should consider drafting Willis at No. 9. After all, like Wilson, he fits Seattle's offensive style with his ability to both throw and run the ball. He also has a fairly high ceiling due to his raw talents, so there's potential for him to become something special if the Seahawks properly develop him.
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings signed QB Kirk Cousins to a one-year, $35 million extension this offseason that'll keep him in town until the end of the 2023 season. Having said that, he'll be 35 when the deal ends and it's time for the Vikings to start thinking of the future. Yes, they still have 2021 third-round pick Kellen Mond under control, but his development is guaranteed. Besides, he doesn't have the offensive upside that Willis has displayed. Not only that but Willis could use a few more seasons before he reaches his true potential, which is why it'd be beneficial for him to learn under Cousins for a couple of seasons.
3. New Orleans Saints
We're approaching the second week of NFL free agency and the New Orleans Saints still don't have a No. 1 quarterback. Reports indicate that the Taysom Hill experience is done, while Ian Book isn't ready for the role yet and Blake Bortles hasn't started a game in three seasons. Willis could potentially become a franchise QB one day, which is why he's an option worth exploring if he falls to No. 18. Stop-gaps won't work forever and it's time for the Saints to use a first-round pick on a legitimate quarterback option. If Willis can reach the potential that so many experts see in him, New Orleans could be back on the rise in just a few seasons.
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