3. Malik Willis
Liberty isn’t exactly known for receiving the most arduous schedule in the world. As we dissect most of their games this year, we found a ton of close wins against teams that didn’t belong on the field against them and a few head-scratching losses that made you wonder, how was that possible?
We can’t give Liberty an A for their overall schedule but Malik Willis caught our eye in the Senior Bowl and throughout most of the year.
The NFL has slowly gotten away from quarterbacks who can’t juke and jive on the field. Willis fits that current mold beautifully. This past season, Liberty may have finished the year with an 8-5 record but Willis did it all. He threw for 2,857 passing yards, completed 61.1% of his passes, nailed 27 touchdowns, and rushed for over 850 yards and 13 scores.
Willis wasn’t crisp in the pocket. And, some of his throws made you want to yell at the television screen. But, despite completing only two of his four passes for 11 yards, he was great with his legs. He finished the day with a game-high 54 yards and really showed off the wheels during a 27-yard run.
Willis is more of a day two or three kind of guy but you saw what happened when the Ravens took a chance on Lamar Jackson. No, we aren’t calling Willis the next Lamar but when he tucks it and runs it, he’s really hard to stop.