Organized Team Activities (OTA) are underway in the NFL. Obviously, Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis is on the hot seat this season. Despite being the third quarterback taken in the 2022 NFL Draft and living a childhood dream, I feel for Tennessee Titans QB Malik Willis. Many believe that Will Levis’s drafting with the 33rd overall pick and 2.2 pick is the writing on the wall. That Willis will eventually get cut.
Initially, the Titans took Willis 3.22 (86 overall) with expectations to sit behind Ryan Tannehill for a season or two. I was online with our founder, Big John, when the pick went down. The problem I saw was a player who was so raw that he would need 3-4 years before he could even think of being a starting NFL quarterback. This wasn’t the first time I saw general managers and scouts ignore their scouting reports as they fell for the hype. Maybe some didn’t because sometimes you must reach for a player you believe in for fear someone else takes him. However, that wasn’t the case with Willis.
Early on, scouts weren’t talking about Willis in the first half of the draft. Yet, the hype became over-the-top; eventually, some said he was a potential first-rounder. Seeing such wrong information spoken on by respected NFL Draft analysts was stunning. Some even said he was a potential top-10 pick! It’d be easy to ask, “What are they smoking?” To make that statement is beyond ludicrous.
It’s a double-edged sword, being a top draft pick. Does anyone think going No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans did any favors for QB David Carr? Did it help his career? NO! He ran for his life behind a sieve for an offensive line on an expansion team. That destroyed his psyche permanently and thus any potential for NFL success. He’s not the only quarterback to have that happen, as the NFL is littered with busts.
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Okay, to those raising an eyebrow, while he wasn’t an overall No. 1 pick, Willis ran for his life at times as well, behind a questionable offensive line. He was not ready for prime time as a project, and it exposed the hype as hype.
NFL Draft scouting reports got lost somewhere! Watching the NFL since the mid-1970s as a kid, I became a self-taught analyst in the 1990s and then paid to analyze in some form or fashion beginning in the late 1990s. In all that time, it was apparent how raw Willis was. Even NFL scouts knew this. The hype the last month before the draft elevated him to the point a third-round QB. That player should compete and, at the very least, win a backup job.
Malik looked horrific during his rookie season. His first action came in mop-up duty, in Week 2, versus the Buffalo Bills.
For the season:
Based on this data and watching him play, the belief is that the Titans want to move on. In defense of Willis, he was never worthy of a top or mid-round pick.
If the team does move on from Malik, hopefully, he will go to a team with a QB guru for 2-3 years. That is, if his psyche as a football player is still intact. The Titans’ offensive line was a joke at times.
I say the 2-3 years to sit and learn because he’s easily that far away. Maybe even 3-4 years. Who knows, but the team will look hard at that battle with him and Levis and have to decide.
Thrust into a role he wasn’t ready for, some now view him as a bust, but the Titans haven’t given him a fair shot. Look, anybody who saw his film and read the initial scouting reports months before the draft in 2022 took place knew Malik Willis was extremely raw. Yet, we all saw glimpses of outstanding talent and traits. He should’ve been a late-round pick, but as is always the case, even NFL teams and GMs are susceptible to the hype.
This move could be the premature ending of Willis’s once potentially promising career. However, we believe leaving Tennessee and going to a club with a history of successful quarterback teachers will help him in the long term. We wish him luck in whatever happens.
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