Malik Willis RUMORS & NEWS

Malik Willis

Position Quarterback
Height 6'1"
Weight 215 lbs
Birthplace Atlanta, Georgia
Current Team Liberty
  • Projecting when Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis and other rookie quarterbacks could make their first NFL start

    CBS Sports "Quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL Draft are often expected to start early in their rookie seasons. Over the past five seasons, an average of 5.8 rookie quarterbacks have started at least one game. Kenny Pickett was the only quarterback to be taken on the draft's..." June 29

  • Tennessee Titans' Ryan Tannehill vows he'll be 'great teammate' to Malik Willis

    ESPN "Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill feels his comments about it not being his job to mentor 2022 third-round pick Malik Willis have been blown out of proportion. "I meant no disrespect to Malik or anything like that," Tannehill said on..." May 24

  • Mike Vrabel says Ryan Tannehill is a 'great teammate' and comments about Malik Willis 'not any sort of issue'

    CBS Sports "The Tennessee Titans became a different caliber of team when they replaced Marcus Mariota in the lineup with Ryan Tannehill, back in 2019. Tannehill has been one of the league's most efficient passers since his ascension into the starter's role, but he's..." May 14

  • Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill: Everything is cool, man

    Pro Football Talk "Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill caused a bit of a stir when he said he didn’t think it was his job to mentor the recently drafted Malik Willis. But when he was asked about the comments on Friday at rookie minicamp, Willis made it clear that he..." May 13

  • Is Titans' Rookie QB Malik Willis A Threat To Take Ryan Tannehill's Job?

    Bleacher Report "What someone says isn't always as important as how they say it. During voluntary team activities, reporters asked Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill how he can help third-round pick Malik Willis. His defensive response indicated he's threatened by..." May 09

  • Why Falcons picked Desmond Ridder over Malik Willis during 2022 NFL Draft

    Sporting News "The Falcons made one of the more surprising choices of the 2022 NFL Draft when they selected Desmond Ridder in the third round. That Ridder was selected with the 74th overall pick wasn't much of a surprise. He was widely expected to be a Day 2 pick at the quarterback position, so..." May 09

  • Seattle Seahawks evaluators feel Malik Willis is ‘nowhere near’ NFL-ready

    Sportsnaut "It seems that the Seattle Seahawks passed on drafting quarterback prospect Malik Willis with any of their first four NFL Draft picks because of a belief that the Liberty star wasn’t anywhere close to ready to contribute at the NFL level soon. Heading into last..." May 06

  • Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid chimes in on Ryan Tannehill’s refusal to mentor Malik Willis

    Clutch Points "Ryan Tannehill has been trending recently due to his comments about not mentoring the Tennessee Titans’ newly acquired quarterback Malik Willis. Although it isn’t his job to mentor the young rookie, many have talked down on the veteran quarterback for his comments. However,..." May 06

  • Saints’ CJ Gardner-Johnson is Hoping QB Malik Willis ‘Takes’ Ryan Tannehill’s Job

    Total Pro Sports "CJ Gardner-Johnson is actively praying on Ryan Tannehill’s downfall. The New Orleans Saints defensive back replied to a clip of Titans starter Ryan Tannehill saying it’s not his job to mentor Malik Willis and said he hopes the incoming rookie takes his job as a..." May 06

  • Jonnu Smith gets Ryan Tannehill’s back amid Malik Willis comments

    USA Today "Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been criticized by former NFL players for saying it isn’t his job to mentor 2022 third-round pick and quarterback Malik Willis. “We’re competing against each other, we’re watching the same tape,..." May 06

  • Robert Griffin III Delivers Stern Message To Ryan Tannehill

    Total Pro Sports "Maybe honesty isn’t always the best policy as Ryan Tannehill is finding out this week. The Tennessee Titans quarterback has been taking heat Wednesday for comments he made Tuesday about Liberty quarterback Malik Willis. Tannehill said of Willis, a third-round pick by the Titans..." May 05

  • LeSean McCoy rips Ryan Tannehill over ‘mentor’ comment

    Larry Brown Sports "Ryan Tannehill faced some criticism over a comment he made about the Tennessee Titans drafting Malik Willis, and LeSean McCoy has added to the backlash. The Titans used a third-round pick on Willis after the former Liberty quarterback tumbled down the draft board. Tannehill was asked..." May 04

  • Kurt Warner Slams Ryan Tannehill Over Reaction To Malik Willis Pick

    Side Action "Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn’t sound too pleased with his team’s moves at the NFL Draft. Not only did the Titans trade away top receiver, AJ Brown. But they also seemingly selected Tannehill’s replacement when taking Malik Willis in the third..." May 04

  • Ryan Tannehill Speaks On Losing AJ Brown To Eagles, Not Being Informed of Titans Drafting QB Malik Willis

    Total Pro Sports "It appears Ryan Tannehill’s days are numbered in Tennessee. Tannehill lost his favorite receiver when the Tennessee Titans traded A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles on the first night of the 2022 NFL draft. In return for Brown, the Titans received pick Nos. 18 and 101, the..." May 03

  • Titans trade up to select Liberty QB Malik Willis in third round of 2022 NFL Draft "Malik Willis' slide in the 2022 NFL Draft finally stopped in the third round. The Tennessee Titans selected the Liberty quarterback with the 86th overall pick on Friday night. The Titans leaped up the board to snag Willis in the third round, shipping the 90th and 169th..." April 30

  • Malik Willis had great attitude about his NFL Draft slide

    Larry Brown Sports "Malik Willis went from a potential first round pick to a third round selection in the NFL Draft, but he never lost his sense of humor despite the process. Willis fell out of the second round of the draft, and had to sit out the entire experience in the green room. However, he was..." April 30

  • New York Giants should seriously consider taking Malik Willis with 36th pick in NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "While the New York Giants are likely to go in a different direction with their pick early in the second round of the NFL Draft, they should really look long and hard at the idea of taking Malik Willis with first their selection on Friday night. The Giants quarterback..." April 29

  • Projecting Where Malik Willis Will be Drafted After 2022 NFL Draft Day 1

    Bleacher Report "Former Liberty quarterback Malik Willis is the biggest name remaining on the board after he wasn't selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday. A team will likely land a gem on Day 2 if they pick Willis. But the question is who will take a chance on him as the..." April 29

  • SEA Considering Malik Willis at 9; Also Likes Sam Howell in Draft

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Seahawks reportedly have their eye on at least a couple of quarterback prospects entering the 2022 NFL draft this week. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Tuesday on SportsCenter that the Seahawks would consider taking Liberty quarterback Malik Willis with the No...." April 26

  • From Malik Willis to Kyle Hamilton, the NFL Draft prospects likely to be reaches and steals

    The Athletic "The NFL Draft is an unstable creature, and it’s always the case that there are both late-round surprises who develop into long-term starters and first-round busts who don’t stick around for long. Evaluation is an imperfect science, after all. But sometimes,..." April 26

  • 3 reasons Steelers must trade up for Malik Willis in 2022 NFL Draft

    Clutch Points "After having seen Ben Roethlisberger finally decide to hang up his cleats, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in need of their next franchise QB. While they did sign Mitch Trubisky this offseason, the Steelers are a great landing spot for one of the top QB prospects in the 2022 NFL..." April 25

  • Pete Prisco Says Malik Willis Isn’t A QB And Looks Like A Running Back

    Black Sports Online "Here is a little stat for you. Sam Howell of North Carolina ran the ball 183 times for 828 yards. Malik Willis ran the ball 197 times for 828 yards. .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid..." April 24

  • Increasing belief Lions could draft QB Malik Willis with No. 2 pick, evaluating potential fit

    Sportsnaut "The Detroit Lions are confident quarterback Jared Goff can be a serviceable starter in 2022. Holding the No. 2 overall pick, the franchise might still be considering drafting Malik Willis as its franchise quarterback. Willis, a star at Liberty, entered..." April 22

  • Baker Mayfield, Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, Sam Darnold? 8 QB options for the Panthers

    The Athletic "A few days after the Rams beat Cincinnati in the Super Bowl on their home L.A. turf, we explored the Panthers’ quarterback options if they chose to acquire one via trade or free agency, as they did the first two offseasons under Matt Rhule. Everything and..." April 19

  • Malik Willis visiting Lions, Steelers this week

    Pro Football Talk "Quarterback Malik Willis has been making the pre-draft rounds with visits to several teams and that will continue this week. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Willis is set to have a visit with the Lions on Tuesday and the Steelers on Wednesday. " April 18

  • Here's why Liberty's Malik Willis should be the first QB selected

    CBS Sports "The 2022 NFL Draft is not the 2021 NFL Draft when it comes to "can't miss" prospects at the quarterback position. It will most likely not match the Common Draft Era (since 1967) record of five taken in the first 15 selections a year ago (tied with 1999 for most taken in first 15..." April 08

  • 2022 NFL Draft: Pros and cons of Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis and other top QBs

    The Athletic "Every scouting process comes down to the eye of the beholder. That becomes more apparent with each passing week before the 2022 NFL Draft. There is little consensus about any position. A team or analyst’s top guy is another’s middle-round afterthought. The quarterback position, in..." April 08

  • Desmond Ridder Could Be 2022 NFL Draft's Best QB—Even over Malik Willis

    Bleacher Report "There has been no shortage of words written about the quarterback class of 2022. But where the past couple of drafts produced gushing over no-doubt No. 1 overall picks in Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow, this year has brought hand-wringing over the relative lack of talent at the position...." April 08

  • Will the Indianapolis Colts trade for Malik Willis? Team visiting with star QB

    Sportsnaut "The Indianapolis Colts trade for former NFL MVP Matt Ryan seemed to settle their quarterback situation for at least the next couple seasons. Colts general manager Chris Ballard made sure to note following the trade that he expects Ryan to be their starter through the 2023..." April 07

  • Malik Willis To Visit Panthers, Falcons

    Pro Football Rumors "Throughout the pre-draft process, Liberty quarterback Malik Willis has established himself as one of, if not the most coveted prospects amongst this year’s class of signal-callers. As the build-up to the draft now shifts towards team meetings, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports..." April 05

  • Malik Willis the 'Leader in the Clubhouse' To Be 1st QB Taken in 2022 NFL Draft

    Bleacher Report "There isn't much consensus about the top quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL draft, but one prospect could be separating himself from the field. "If there's a leader in the clubhouse to be the first quarterback taken, right now, I'd say it's Liberty's Malik..." April 04

  • NFL draft quarterback class 2022: Do the stats match the tape for Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, others?

    ESPN "The 2022 NFL draft quarterback class might not be at the same level as most years, but there are still plenty of talented signal-callers set to be drafted at the end of April. We have dug deep on each passer's game tape and analyzed strengths and weaknesses. But what..." March 29

  • Malik Willis has funny comment about Mike Tomlin

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Tomlin has long been known as a players’ coach, and we may now know one of his secrets to maintaining up that reputation — chicken wings. Malik Willis, one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft, shared a funny tidbit about Tomlin this week. " March 23

  • 5 perfect Malik Willis landing spots in 2022 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Former Liberty quarterback Malik Willis impressed onlookers during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He took that to a new level during the program’s pro day just recently. For the 6-foot Willis, this has been an opportunity for him to show teams that he’s..." March 22

  • Jets Could Benefit From Malik Willis' Rise Up The Draft Board

    Heavy "The New York Jets don’t need a quarterback ahead of the 2022 NFL draft. They were able to address that with the No. 2 overall pick by selecting Zach Wilson out of BYU last year. Heck, they don’t even need a backup quarterback after re-signing Joe..." March 22

  • With Panthers watching on, Liberty QB Malik Willis crushes pro day

    USA Today "There was no shortage of smiles as Liberty University quarterback Malik Willis absolutely shined throughout his sparkling pro-day performance. And some of the smiles came from those who were there representing the Carolina Panthers. To be fair, wouldn’t you be smiling..." March 22

  • The Detroit Lions Should Draft Malik Willis and Be Legends

    The Big Lead "Malik Willis had a spectacular pro day. We also live in a hyper-reactionary world where the shiniest sliver of recency bias blocks mountains of previous data. Both of these things are true. A third thing is true as well. The Detroit Lions will need a plan for the most important..." March 22

  • Why the Steelers don't have to draft a QB in the first round, unless Malik Willis is available

    ESPN "With his trade Wednesday to the Washington Commanders, Carson Wentz is off the table, too. Only a handful of the top-tier veteran quarterbacks, like the Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins, San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo and Houston..." March 11

  • Will the Panthers take quarterback Kenny Pickett or Malik Willis at No. 6?

    ESPN "One league executive at the NFL combine said the Carolina Panthers are a “sh-- show’’ with three straight five-win seasons, a quarterback situation that is a mess and a coach who hasn’t gotten a public vote of support from owner David Tepper. Others..." March 04

  • Ron Rivera Compares Malik Willis to Cam Netwon

    Clutch Points "It’s no secret that the Washington Commanders need a quarterback this offseason. The comments made by both head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew indicate that the team has been doing their due diligence on all available QBs, including those in the NFL Draft...." March 03

  • Awesome Malik Willis act of kindness captured on video outside Combine

    Larry Brown Sports "Malik Willis has been impressing scouts during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, and something the quarterback did when he thought no one was watching may boost his stock even further. Willis was spotted helping out a person on the street in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday...." March 03

  • Malik Willis makes bold declaration ahead of NFL Draft

    Clutch Points "This year’s crop of quarterbacks at the NFL Draft has been viewed as a less-than-stellar class. The likes of Liberty’s Malik Willis, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral have all been mentioned as potential signal-callers to be selected in the first two..." March 03

  • Broncos to interview with QB’s Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, and Matt Corral at the Combine

    Mile High Report "According to 9News Denver’s Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos will meet with quarterback prospects Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, and Matt Corral at the NFL scouting combine. General Manager George Paton is going to do his homework on all the quarterback options available to..." March 01

  • Steelers Predicted to Trade up And Draft Liberty's Malik Willis

    Heavy "If the Pittsburgh Steelers see Liberty’s Malik Willis as the team’s next starting quarterback, the organization isn’t doing a very good job of masking its interest. On Tuesday February 8, two NFL analysts—one from Pro Football Focus (PFF) and one from..." February 08

  • Malik Willis-Kordell Stewart Comparison Triggers Steelers Fans

    Heavy "Earlier this week Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus (PFF) appeared on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh to discuss the quarterbacks on display at the Senior Bowl. One of the QBs who is said to have attracted strong interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers is Liberty’s Malik..." February 05

  • Steelers 'Falling in Love' With Malik Willis as Ben Roethlisberger Replacement

    Clutch Points "The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 2022 NFL offseason in search of a quarterback for the first time in almost 20 years. Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement last Thursday, although it was expected by just about everyone. The Steelers had been criticized over..." February 03

  • Malik Willis Is NFL Draft's Most Polarizing QB Prospect in Weak Class

    Bleacher Report "The football world has become accustomed to seeing quarterbacks taken first overall in the NFL draft. It happened in each of the past four years and six of the last seven. However, there's a very good chance that it doesn't happen this year. The 2022 quarterback..." January 21

  • Best and Worst Landing Spots for 2022 NFL Draft's Top Quarterback Prospects

    Bleacher Report "The situation in which prospects are placed often dictates whether they are a success or failure at the NFL level.  Talent only goes so far. A new coaching staff, surrounding cast and system have a dramatic effect on a young player's development. This past..." January 12


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