#7
Malik Willis
Rating Yards TD
151.1 2857 27
Team: Liberty FlamesHeight: 6-1 Born: N/A
Position: QBWeight: 215 Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Jr


Scouting Report

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1st round

Snapshot: An Auburn signee who left for Liberty after limited usage in his first two seasons, Willis sat out due to transfer rules before taking the reins as a redshirt junior. He was electric in his first campaign as a starter, racking up 944 rushing yards while leading Liberty to a 10-1 record. The team saw less success in 2021 while facing stiffer competition, but Willis cemented himself as one of the top quarterbacks, leading to a Senior Bowl invite. Passed for 5,107 yards in two seasons at Liberty, accounting for 60 TDs (47 passing).

At the Senior Bowl, Willis exhibited the best arm strength in the class, throwing lasers to the boundary and with accuracy while on the move. His speed and NFL arm equate to first-round grades. What remains to be seen is whether a team will invest a top-10 pick on the toolsy prospect or if teams sit tight and take their chances on more tested players.

Strengths: Strong and physically imposing runner who can break tackles and create his own yardage. Natural thrower who can shift arm slots to slip throws past linemen. Instinctive with feeling pressure and adjusting to it. Deep ball timing and placement are impressive. He is a crisp passer on rollouts and can switch into running mode at any moment. Arm isn't rare, but he has the velocity to hit most NFL throws.

Weaknesses: Too often gets stuck looking for big plays that aren't there rather than taking available options underneath. Needs to throw with more consistent anticipation. Too often looks for cutbacks as a runner instead of taking what's given to him. Allows moments of havoc to overtake him and makes mistakes (12 interceptions in 2021) by trying to create magic in unwinnable places.

Pro comparison: Jalen Hurts, Eagles -- Sturdy frame, imposing running ability, and natural playmaking ability are all boxes that Hurts checked coming out of college, and Willis is cut from a similar cloth. He'll need to improve his ball placement and control from the pocket to follow in Hurts' footsteps as a young starter, but the tools are present.


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2017 Auburn  7 6 7 85.7 45 6.4 1 0 1 11
2018 Auburn  8 5 7 71.4 24 3.4 0 0 0 0
2020 Lib  10 170 265 64.2 2250 8.5 20 6 19 114
2021 Lib  13 207 339 61.1 2857 8.4 27 12 51 349
Career   38 388 618 62.8 5176 8.4 48 18 71 474

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2017 Auburn  7 16 221 13.8 1 0 0 - 0
2018 Auburn  8 12 88 7.3 1 0 0 - 0
2020 Lib  10 141 944 6.7 14 0 0 - 0
2021 Lib  13 197 878 4.5 13 1 13 13.0 0
Career   38 366 2131 5.8 29 1 13 13.0 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/4/2021 Camp 15 23 217 65.2 1 0 40 5 55 11.0 1 20 0 0 - 0 -
9/11/2021 @ Troy 13 18 154 72.2 2 0 32 20 93 4.7 1 21 0 0 - 0 -
9/18/2021 ODU 21 28 242 75.0 4 0 38 9 77 8.6 2 56 0 0 - 0 -
9/24/2021 @ Syr 14 19 205 73.7 3 0 35 17 49 2.9 0 26 1 13 13.0 0 13
10/2/2021 @ UAB 13 19 287 68.4 1 0 70 15 144 9.6 2 25 0 0 - 0 -
10/9/2021 MiddTn 17 30 222 56.7 2 3 49 16 80 5.0 1 17 0 0 - 0 -
10/16/2021 @ UL-Mon 16 28 135 57.1 1 3 20 23 157 6.8 2 53 0 0 - 0 -
10/23/2021 @ NorTx 12 18 217 66.7 3 0 40 13 -8 -0.6 0 12 0 0 - 0 -
10/30/2021 UMass 19 27 307 70.4 4 0 60 8 37 4.6 0 19 0 0 - 0 -
11/6/2021 @ Miss 16 25 173 64.0 0 3 25 27 71 2.6 1 17 0 0 - 0 -
11/20/2021 UL-Laf 14 34 162 41.2 2 2 30 20 28 1.4 0 23 0 0 - 0 -
11/27/2021 Army 24 46 305 52.2 1 1 41 16 37 2.3 1 19 0 0 - 0 -
12/18/2021 EastMi 13 24 231 54.2 3 0 54 8 58 7.3 2 35 0 0 - 0 -