3rd Round, QB Malik Willis, Liberty
Look, I get it. There’s a good portion (I dare say half) of Raider Nation that gets infuriated by the notion of their team drafting a quarterback. However, McDaniels knows he can win with Carr right now, but what about in two years? Five? At some point, the Raiders need to look to the future and be prepared. If Malik Willis was available in the third round, they’d be foolish not to pick him up.
As you’re reading this, Willis is lighting up the Senior Bowl, which is helping his draft stock. However, this quarterback class is overall one of the weakest in recent memory.
While we don’t know what an extension for Carr might look like, by having Willis sit behind Carr for anywhere from two to three years, he could be well prepared to one day get a shot as an NFL signal-caller.
The most obvious aspect of Malik’s game is his ability to be a dual-threat quarterback. A PPF grade of 94.5 in the run department is evidence of that. In the last two years alone, Willis accumulated 1,822 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns via the ground. There’s definitely some potential there for a special player with the right coaching.