5 prospects the Vikings don’t want to see in the NFC North in 2022

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) Jameson Williams
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MOBILE, ALABAMA – DECEMBER 18: Malik Willis #7 of the Liberty Flames throws the ball during the LendingTree Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on December 18, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Malik Willis – QB (Liberty)

Not everyone is a Malik Willis fan, but if this kid reaches his potential and becomes a Lamar Jackson-like quarterback, he’ll be a major pain in the butt for the Vikings for years to come. Willis really would only end up with the Lions as the Packers are set with Rodgers and Love, and the Bears have Fields. The question will be if that happens at pick 2 or 32? He’s truly a wild card not just in this draft but for what he ultimately ends up becoming.

Willis has a rocket arm and can make all the NFL throws. He also is a dangerous weapon as a runner and can pick up yardage on the ground when protection breaks down, or his targets are covered. He’s elusive in the pocket and can create extra time by avoiding rushers with his elite athletic ability.

Willis does struggle to read coverages and will be a bit of a project for the Lions if they do decide he’s their quarterback of the future. He may not be a problem in year one, but if he gets coached up and begins figuring out the nuances of NFL defenses and how to attack them, the sky is the limit for this kid. He has the talent to turn the Lions into perennial contenders making life all the harder for the Vikings in the future.

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