Broncos again connected to Malik Willis as he impresses at Senior Bowl

Feb 1, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; American quarterback Malik Willis of Liberty (7) throws during American practice for the 2022 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback position is one of the few question marks for the Denver Broncos heading into the 2022 offseason.

Last year’s starter, Teddy Bridgewater, failed to take hold of the reigns, underwhelming the fan base, while the backup quarterback, Drew Lock, failed to capitalize on his opportunities and does not appear to be the team’s long-term answer moving forward.

To upgrade at the position, it appears general manager George Paton will target Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, if available, but a trade for Wilson and Rodgers is contingent on two things.

First, either player must choose to leave, and second, their organizations want what Denver can offer.

If speculation surrounding Rodgers does not materialize, the Broncos will have to turn towards the draft to solve their quarterback dilemma.

Many of this year’s top-ranked players at the quarterback position are down in Mobile, Alabama for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. One of those quarterbacks, Malik Willis, is already starting to turn heads.

Fortunately for Broncos Country, the team has had their eyes on Willis for a long time.

During the season, the Broncos sent five scouts, including general manager George Paton, to a matchup between Willis and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral. With five scouts in attendance, the Broncos had two more members of the front office at the game than any other team.

Years as a scout have influenced Paton’s approach in assessing talent. He is a general manager who prefers to see players up close and in person.

Matching the season’s tape with an in-person assessment provides Paton with an in-depth view of a quarterback’s skill-set and personal makeup.

Why Willis could intrigue Broncos brass

Willis provides a dynamic skill set that could create problems for NFL defenses, and provide a weapon to match the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert in the division.

At the beginning of Senior Bowl week, the Broncos met with Willis.

Paton and the crew were smart to do so as Willis has become the talk of the Senior Bowl.

Willis has been impressive during the week’s practices and should see his stock rise as a result of this performance.

The fact Willis has turned heads with his elite running ability and best-in-class arm talent is no surprise, but it’s still nice to see as it’s those high-end traits that make him so appealing to a team gasping for oxygen in the AFC West.

Here, you can see some of Willis’s shiftiness, which has been on display throughout the week in Mobile.

What should be more impressive is that Willis has shown some improvements each day. Criticism surrounding Willis has been aimed at his ability to process and play on time. So far he has answered some of those questions this week.

On Wednesday, Willis showed that inclement weather does not faze him. A player like Willis keeps your playbook open regardless of the conditions. For a team that plays in inclement weather frequently, like the Broncos, adding a player like Willis could be enticing.

Willis’s skill set is a great fit in Nathaniel Hackett’s wide zone scheme. Similar to the San Fransicso 49ers’ plan for Trey Lance a season ago, Willis will be a long-term project, but he could be a dynamic playmaker in Denver.

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