The Denver Broncos have been searching high and low for a quarterback since the departure of Peyton Manning.
Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock have done little to show they have what it takes to be a long-term answer to a long-standing issue.
With the trade involving Von Miller, Denver has itself the capital necessary to pursue a quarterback in a variety of ways.
Could Miller have been moved to help secure the future face of the Broncos franchise?
If general manager George Paton chooses the draft, he could do much worse than the top two players at the position in Malik Henry (Liberty) and Matt Corral (Ole Miss). Both were on the Broncos’ radar to start the season and should be smack dab at the top of their list now.
If Paton is serious about solving the black hole that is the quarterback position for years to come, he will be in Oxford, Miss. as the two share the same field Saturday.
Matt Corral could be the Broncos long term option at QB
Corral has dazzled this season. The junior from Ventura, California boasts a QBR of 84.1 per ESPN with 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He has improved his accuracy and feel for the position from his sophomore campaign.
— Ricky Bates Sr (HWC Podcast) (@RBatesSr21_WFT) October 29, 2021
Additionally, the star for the Rebels has over 500 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Corral has a nice feel for the run game plus athleticism to be dangerous for opposing defenses.
On two bad ankles 😤
Matt Corral finds the end zone. pic.twitter.com/qXjxPQckIq
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 31, 2021
Corral may not be the biggest player at his position checking in at 6-foot and 200 pounds, but his toughness can’t be questioned. After suffering what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, Corral came back to finish with his teammates against a tough Auburn defense.
Matt Corral went down after this play 🙏 pic.twitter.com/as3upVv6hm
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 30, 2021
This dual-threat quarterback has continued to elevate his game with the tutelage of former NFL head coach Lane Kiffin. Corral absolutely needs to be on every Broncos fan’s radar heading into the 2022 draft.
Malik Willis is special and could be a difference-maker for the Broncos for years to come
Corral’s counterpart this weekend has also been nothing short of outstanding.
The do-it-all quarterback from Liberty has continued to improve week after week. His ball placement is wonderful and ‘easy cheese’. The ball jumps out of his hand to anywhere on the field.
For those keeping an eye on the 2022 NFL Draft, Liberty QB Malik Willis is on your radar.
And it’s impossible to throw this ball any better.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 30, 2021
Willis also presents a wonderful athletic profile and is even more dangerous than Corral as a runner. Though he is not quite up to Lamar Jackson (as many people have connected him to), the junior from Atlanta is a very dynamic runner with the ball in his hands.
— Liberty Mtn Views 🦅 (@LibertyMtnViews) November 4, 2021
Willis has a phenomenal stat line of almost 2,000 yards passing with 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions while adding 684 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns. One could assume that either his arm or legs are his best trait to offer an NFL franchise. However, his leadership qualities maybe his best traits.
Malik Willis was asked today if he felt like the running game from the tailbacks “hasn’t gotten going this year” and if it seems like the offensive line, protection-wise, hasn’t been as solid..
In case you were curious what leadership sounds like 🗣💯 pic.twitter.com/f3vAv5oRNf
— Sean McEvoy (@QBCoachMcEvoy) October 27, 2021
There is a lot to like about Willis and Corral and Broncos fans may want to take advantage of watching them both play this Saturday. Who knows, one of them may be the team’s answer to their biggest question mark moving forward.