The NOLA Saints need a quarterback and they might turn to the 2022 NFL Draft to do so. Liberty’s Malik Willis is considered to be one of the best quarterback prospects in an otherwise not-so-great quarterback draft class.
According to Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report, however, Willis would not mesh well in the Saints’ offense. Sobleski looked at the top quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft and picked their best fit and worst fit and for Willis, the worst fit was New Orleans.
Could Payton build around Willis’ skill set and make the most of the situation? Probably. After all, the team has tried to make Taysom Hill into a starting quarterback for a couple of seasons now.
In this case, no reason exists to fit a square peg into a round hole when other options should be available to the franchise.
NOLA Saints should avoid drafting Malik Willis
Willis finished his 2021 season with the Flames going 207-of-339 for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions to go along with 878 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. Willis’ interceptions were doubled from a season ago, which isn’t promising but he threw the ball more, which is something that wasn’t the case for him in 2020.
Willis is definitely more of a running quarterback but the Saints already have one of those in the form of Taysom Hill. If they’re wanting to get the most out of Michael Thomas and some other hopeful weapons in 2022, Willis would not be the right quarterback to do so.
The Liberty quarterback is tough to really gauge considering the school he plays at and that’s why he’s certainly one of the riskier signal-callers in this year’s draft.
The Saints might be better off attempting to re-sign Jameis Winston and rolling with him for one more year and then waiting to draft a quarterback in 2023 because this year’s class is not good.