3 Most Likely Malik Willis Destinations After Round 1 of 2022 NFL Draft

Max Staley
Three most likely Malik Willis destinations in the 2022 NFL Draft following Round 1.
Three most likely Malik Willis destinations in the 2022 NFL Draft following Round 1. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Liberty quarterback Malik Willis had one of the most erratic pre-draft periods we've seen in a while. He entered the process on the first-round bubble and saw his stock skyrocket to the point where he was viewed as a potential top-three pick. But the dust has settled on Round 1, and Willis went the whole night without hearing his name called.

But teams just weren't picking quarterbacks. Kenny Pickett (No. 20) was the only signal-caller drafted in Round 1. And we didn't see any of the frenzied, panic trade ups for a QB that we've grown to know and love in the draft.

But Willis shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called on Friday night. Let's break down the most likely landing spots for Willis after a hectic Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

Malik Willis NFL Draft

3. Atlanta Falcons (No. 43)

Realistically, this feels like Willis' floor tonight. It's hard to see him getting past the Atlanta Falcons at No. 43. Atlanta didn't have much going for it entering the draft. Aside from Kyle Pitts and A.J. Terrell, this team really didn't have any blue-chip building blocks. But after adding 6-foot-5 stud WR Drake London in Round 1, the Falcons would be cooking with gas if they landed Willis in Round 2. A three-headed monster of Willis, Pitts and London could form one of the most physically imposing trios in the league.

2. Seattle Seahawks (No. 40 or No. 41)

With Russell Wilson on the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks are in the market for a new franchise QB. Drew Lock might endear himself to the 12th man by lip syncing Young Jeezy on the sidelines, but realistically, the franchise probably wants Lock to stay on there. After passing on QB in Round 1, you have to think Seattle spends one of its two second-round picks on a signal-caller. And Willis just has a significantly higher ceiling than Desmond Ridder, who also figures to be in the mix in the top 50.

1. New York Giants (No. 36)

Comparing any QB prospect to Josh Allen is inherently unfair – there's only one Josh Allen. But Malik Willis, a big-bodied, rocket-armed QB who also happens an electric rusher, is talented enough to make good on that comp. And Brian Daboll, the man who transformed Allen from a raw prospect into a perennial MVP candidate, is now the New York Giants head coach. If Daboll is convinced he can work his magic again, Willis could very well be the pick at No. 36.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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