Carolina Panthers could target Malik Willis
- Quarterback | Liberty
Much was made about the risks associated with the Carolina Panthers reaching for a quarterback at No. 6 overall. When Ikem Ekwonu fell into their laps, it was a no-brainer and only one signal-caller ended up going in the first round when Kenny Pickett was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This left Malik Willis on the outside looking in. But there is real value regarding the player considering his enormous upside with additional development at the next level after he fell out of the first 32 selections.
Willis has things that most quarterbacks don’t and these traits are almost impossible to teach. His arm strength is nothing short of exceptional, he can make plays out of nothing, and there is a charisma to his demeanor that would make him an instant fan favorite.
There is some work to do regarding processing quickly and decision-making. But when Willis does put it all together, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.
The Panthers have to decide quickly if they want to move up into the second round. It’s also likely to cost them some draft capital next year, which general manager Scott Fitterer might not want to part ways with.
Willis will now be on a four-year deal rather than five after he dropped out of the first round. So even though some fans will be eagerly anticipating a trade-up for the prospect, it would be an absolute bombshell.