Malik Willis (Liberty)
In a huge matchup in the college and draft landscape, Malik Willis played against Matt Corral in 2021 and did not help himself out. The biggest problem with the Liberty quarterback has been his inconsistency with accuracy, which has led to a ton of turnovers.
He loves to take his chances on big plays and the results have been quite alarming. The explosive runs and deep throws that result in touchdowns have been mitigated by equally bad interceptions. He has thrown nine interceptions in 10 games this season, including a three-interceptions showing against Ole Miss.
Willis is going to be a bit more of a headache early on in his NFL career as he cleans up his mechanics and decision-making. The standout quarterback has what it takes to be a superstar in the NFL but it will take some time to get there.
His arm talent is arguably the best in the class. He can deliver strikes down the field or rip tight throws into traffic at a lightning pace. Willis can also turn sacks into large chunk plays on the ground.
The Vikings would be kind of silly to spend a first-round pick on a developmental quarterback when they already have Kellen Mond taking on that role. Malik Willis is going to be worth a starting spot as a rookie and he will likely be selected in the top of the first round in the draft. For the Vikings, that may not be worth the risk.
Their offensive line has improved enough beyond the desire for a running quarterback to make up for their lack of pass protection. An inaccurate passer is not going to make things any easier for Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. I love Malik Willis but probably not as much as a Vikings’ prospect.