Former Liberty quarterback Malik Willis spent the past week in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was able to showcase his skills at the 2022 NFL Combine in front of NFL scouts and team representatives.
Entering the week as a likely first round draft pick and potentially the first quarterback taken off the board, Willis impressed with his on field performance, but it was what he did off the field that had everyone buzzing about his character.
Willis was helping someone in need by giving them items from his personal belongings. A video of this act of kindness was posted on social media and has received millions of views.
Was having lunch yesterday and saw one of the Combine guys helping out someone on some hard times…@malikwillis being great even when nobody is watching. How can you not be a fan of this guy? pic.twitter.com/BmFzUM66NU
— Ryan Lacey (@rlacey23) March 3, 2022
After a strong showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Willis followed it up with a strong performance at the Combine both on the field and off of it. During his on the field workouts on Thursday, he made a slew of standout throws that many experts said help set himself apart from the other quarterbacks.
His hand size checked in at nine and a half inches, comparatively the same size as NFL quarterbacks Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson, and Matt Ryan. He measured at 6-0, 219 pounds. He has also been impressing NFL coaches and executives during the interview process.
“The overwhelming majority of those evaluations also believe Willis has the highest ceiling of the signal-callers, but he’ll need at least a season to develop,” The Athletic’s Jeff Howe wrote on Thursday. “Willis has continued to blow away coaches and executives during his meetings, which was also the case at the Senior Bowl.”
Willis’ next opportunity to impress scouts will be at Liberty’s Pro Day on March 22. The 6’1″, 225 pound athlete and native of Atlanta, Georgia, finished his time at Liberty with a 17-6 record as a starting quarterback. This past season, Willis completed 207 of 339 passes for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also led the Flames in rushing with 878 yards and 13 touchdowns on 197 carries.
“I’m excited and thankful for everything that is happening good for Malik right now,” said Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze this past Friday. “I thought his representation of our program, our university, and our people here last night, I don’t think it could have gone any better. Every time they put the camera on him he’s smiling and just being who he is. It’s genuine, it’s real, it’s not fake, and we’ve tried to tell everyone that about him. He actually called me last night when it was all over, him and his father, they were just ecstatic and thought the week went really well, just so thankful for the good that’s happening for him. We are looking forward to Pro Day it will be a mad day here I’m sure for that.”