3. Malik Willis continues to separate from the pack
The 2022 NFL Draft quarterback class has been one of the most fascinating in recent years. Outside of Kenny Pickett, none of the top prospects had the 2021 seasons they were hoping for, and it has led to inconsistent rankings around the league with no clear QB1. However, one quarterback has seemed to impress more than the others in the pre-draft process.
Malik Willis didn’t run at the combine, but he didn’t need to blow teams away. He was one of the best quarterbacks in the throwing drills and showed off his cannon for an arm getting over 60 air yards on multiple passes. Having strong performances during the senior bowl and NFL combine have done wonders to Willis’ 2022 NFL Draft stock, and his physical tools give him more upside than anyone else in this class.
Willis is far from being the clear-cut QB1 that Burrow or Lawrence were, but his draft stock seems to be ascending at a rapid rate. He is no longer a borderline first-rounder, and teams may have to prepare to trade up to get him.