Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Malik Willis of Liberty and reveals where Willis can transform his game if he learns to use his legs to set up his arm within the same play.
A dynamic quarterback earning a ton of media buzz, I’ve seen Malik Willis compared to Steve McNair, Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick, Deshaun Watson, and Justin Fields. Willis has excellent arm strength, notable acceleration as a runner, and he’s confident at letting pressure draw close in the pocket before maneuvering away.
Before Willis can earn comparisons to the best passers on this list—especially McNair and Jackson—Willis must learn how to scramble. Running quarterbacks pose massive problems for defenses, but only if they can truly scramble.
Scrambling is different fact of maneuvering a pocket and often abandons the pocket altogether.
Scrambling is a process with the intention of manipulating opposing defenders, drawing them into one open space to set up a pass into another. Scrambling requires patience, awareness of his teammate’s routes, and the position of the coverage.
Most important, great scramblers know how do the work while managing the effort within the guidelines a quarterback should understand about the down and distance and field position of the play.
These are skills that Willis must develop to a higher level than he has displayed if he wants to earn the draft capital that he might generate due to his fantastic athletic and throwing promise.
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