Why Liberty QB Malik Willis defies pro comparisons

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Every year, NFL draft analysts try to find comparisons between the top prospects in the next class of college talent, and their pro counterparts with similar skill sets and playing styles.

For some of the more unique and dynamic players, that effort can be challenging for all the right reasons.

That’s the case for NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Liberty quarterback Malik Willis:

I couldn’t come up with a clear-cut comparison for Willis. He makes some Josh Allen-type plays but he lacks Allen’s rare size (6-5, 237). As a runner, he reminds me a little bit of Taysom Hill because of his suddenness and strength. However, in terms of build and skill set, I think he is most similar to Jalen Hurts. They both have really powerful lower bodies and can use their running ability to take over games. Both are inconsistent passers, but the ability is there and just needs to be developed. Willis is more dynamic and explosive, but I thought Hurts was a more trustworthy decision-maker on the field.

Willis is a versatile playmaker who can make big things happen with both his arm and his legs. While there are plenty of promising quarterback prospects in the 2022 NFL draft class, none of them bring the same kind of skill set to the table that Willis possesses.

A strong 2021 campaign could easily put Willis in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft.