Quarterbacks get pushed up the board. It is the most well-established unwritten rule of the NFL Draft. Regardless of the quality of the prospects at other positions, the NFL will always find a way to elevate quarterbacks to the top of the draft. As a league, it hasn’t had to work that hard to do […]
Each NFL draft, particularly in the first round, there are a few draft picks that shock pundits and NFL scouts alike. In past years, there have been dramatic falls or rises of certain prospects like when the Raiders selected Clelin Ferrell fourth overall in 2019 or when Justin Fields slipped out of the top-10 last […]
How many QBs will be taken in Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft? The quarterback position is the key to the game of football, and teams without a great one, know this all too well. As each year passes, we see the inflated value of the position as many players go earlier in the […]
Tom Rudawky is a former NFL scout for the New York Giants who previously worked in football operations for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. He now writes for The 33rd Team among other publications. Find him on Twitter @TRudy831 It’s been a wild offseason on the QB carousel, with high profile quarterbacks such as Russell […]
This is the third part of our 11-part positional breakdown of the April 28-30 NFL draft. Today: the quarterbacks. Click here for Part 1: Running Backs Click here for Part 2: Wide Receivers Ben Fennell is an Emmy award-winning producer, editor and analyst across several sports and media platforms. He has been involved in the […]
This year’s NFL draft is seen by many to be the one in which the pause button has been hit on the conveyor belt of quarterback talent entering the league from the college ranks. The narrative surrounding the 2022 draft is a familiar one at this point. It’s a bad quarterback class, and it is […]
Coming out of Liberty in the 2022 NFL Draft, many felt Malik Willis had the traits to be a successful NFL quarterback. Among the quarterbacks in the 2022 Draft, however, Willis was among the most polarizing names. Many analysts viewed him as having the highest ceiling in the class. Many also mentioned he would be a project, as he adjusted to the learning curve from playing at a smaller FBS school to the NFL, while also working on his overall skillset and weaker areas of his game.
So, what will it take for Willis to become a successful NFL quarterback, as he begins his career with the Tennessee Titans? Analyst and Executive Producer of ESPN’s NFL Matchup Greg Cosell offers some scouting of Willis in a conversation he and former NFL General Manager Mike Tannenbaum had with longtime NFL coach Brian Schottenheimer, who helps them break down for The 33rd Team what steps he believes teams should take to develop Willis into a successful NFL quarterback.
Together, the three go over Willis’ biggest selling points: his arm strength and athleticism. They also compare Willis and his development to other QB prospects from Schottenheimer’s career as an NFL offensive coach. Looking at names such as Trevor Lawrence and Phillip Rivers, they discuss different ways Willis could be brought into a team’s system and gain experience in the NFL, as well as how teams can work in different concepts and provide support to Willis early in his career, to play to his strengths and help him find success in his first few games as well as in specific situations, such as third downs.
Specific to Willis’ situation in Tennessee, where the Titans have veteran Ryan Tannehill as their starting QB, they also bring up how Willis can learn behind a veteran at the position, and succeed with more limited reps.
The 2022 quarterback class is interesting because there is decent variation in media outlets’ rankings, and we do not have a solid idea of where the first quarterbacks will be selected. In 2021, it was obvious that 5 quarterbacks would be selected in the first round, and Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson were known to […]
1) Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Key Measurables: 6032, 217 lbs, 8.5-inch hands Notable 2021 Stats: 42:7 TD:INTs, 67.2% completion Best Trait: Anticipation Player Comp: Matt Ryan Background: Redshirt senior who has started 49 of 52 career games, including all 13 in 2021 for an 11-2 record and a 32-20 career record. Three-star HS recruit from an […]