Malik Willis

Malik Willis

Measurements
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 6/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    215lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/8
  • Speed
QB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6033
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    31.5
  • Weight
    224lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.88
Peter Engler - Scout
Malik Willis
  • Overall Rank
    35
  • Position Rank
    2
  • Position
    QB
  • Age
    23.1 Years
  • Team
    LIBERTY

Stats

Year Games (Wins) Pass Atts Comp% Pass Yards ADOT TDs:INTs Passer Rating Rush Yds
2017 7 (7) 7 85.7% 45 3.0 1:0 155.7 230
2018 5 (3) 11 71.4% 24 6.6 0:0 75.9 89
2020 10 (9) 357 64.2% 2250 12.2 20:8 99.1 1092
2021 13 (8) 486 61.1% 2857 12.0 27:12 98.3 1302

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Poor height. Thick, muscular arms and filled frame. Average arm length and hand size. Thick thighs with above the line build. Missed one game in 2020 with a non-throwing elbow injury. In 2021 suffered left foot injury and was transported midgame to a nearby medical facility, but did not ultimately miss the next start. Will have concerns about durability due to size and frequent hits as a runner.

  • Size
    3
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 4.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Shows feel for pass rush. Adequate toughness to stand in pocket and more willing to take hits in critical situations. … Not responsible for many reads pre-snap and relies on sideline. Chops feet when anticipating pressure and fails to reset eyes when taking eyes down to rusher.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Elite COD with outstanding foot speed, explosiveness, and bend, dangerous as a scrambler or designed runner with above the line ability to read blocks. Outstanding ability to read balance of defenders and relies on hesitation moves to avoid contact. Above the line contact balance to power through tackles and is willing to initiate contact for key yards... Doesn't contort body to avoid significant hits.

  • Explosiveness
    8
  • Speed
    8
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    8
  • Change of Direction
    9
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 7.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Quick, smooth drop. Makes full-field reads. Very mobile in pocket, aware of rushers and flashes ability to link multiple slides and climb in the pocket. Adequate arm strength that flashes the ability to drive balls into tight windows. Outstanding accuracy on throws underneath or to stopped intermediate targets, consistently hitting receiver between the numbers and creating YAC. Above the line accuracy on passes to receivers moving or outside the numbers, with adequate touch and accuracy on deep shots. Outstanding reactiveness to avoid oncoming rusher and scramble outside the pocket to left or right with no noticeable accuracy drop in TOR or from off-platform. … Needs refinement in reads, frequently missing modest windows between the numbers and choosing poor deep balls. Limited anticipation, having to watch receivers come open and missing windows. Poor mechanics, looks more comfortable throwing on run and fighting against body each throw due to pointing plant foot inside. Doesn't effectively torque body and shows limited weight transfer, getting high enough to sail some passes. Kicks leg in follow-through. Average shoulders with inconsistent release angles. Doesn't plan escape angles from the pocket and relies on instincts, taking unnecessary sacks. Limited decision making when throwing on run, struggling to anticipate movement and risking interceptions. Poor in the clutch, turning to hero ball and making poor decisions in critical situations.

  • Accuracy
    7
  • Release/Touch
    6
  • Throwing Mechanics
    3
  • Decision Making
    4
  • Create/Throw on Run
    7
  • Leadership/Clutch
    3
  • Mobility in Pocket
    8
  • Arm Strength
    6
Grade 5.5

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
RS Senior who has started 23 of 35 career games, including all 13 in 2021 for a 17-4 career record as a starter and 27-6 total record. Three-star athlete in HS who signed with Auburn and played sparingly behind Jarrett Stidham for two seasons before transferring to Liberty and sitting out the 2019 season due to transfer rules. Opened the 2020 season as the starter and led the program to their first AP ranking as he was awarded the Dudley Award in both 2020 and 2021. Uncle, James Anderson, was 11-yr NFL vet as a LB. Under HC Hugh Freeze (third season), co-OC Maurice Harris (third season), and co-OC/QBs coach Kent Austin (third season), player led the country's 25th scoring offense that sported the 27th-most yards per play. Starting QB you can win because of pending development in a misdirection-based offense that emphasizes YAC. Highly-mobile passer who is accurate on underneath to intermediate throws, even on the run or off-platform. Needs significant mechanical refinement to increase consistency. Will miss reads, especially over the middle, and plays hero ball in clutch situations.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Alabama-Birmingham
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • 70% completion rate and 15.1 YPA in a clean, accurate performance
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Louisiana-Monroe
  • Oct - 16 - 2021
  • Made several bad decisions en route to 3 INTs in a three-point loss
Best Trait
Mobility/COD
Pro Comparison
Raw Robert Griffin III