Todd McShay has rolled out his initial thoughts for next spring’s NFL Draft, and an intriguing quarterback prospect he has in mind is Liberty’s Malik Willis, the former Auburn quarterback.

McShay said on ESPN’s Get Up this week that Willis is someone, “who has emerged as the No. 1 clear cut quarterback in this year’s class, coming out of Liberty, I think they have to make that pick. He’s a bigger, mobile version. … I think he creates more and he’s more dynamic throwing the ball on the run, and throwing the ball down the field than Hurts has been in his first couple of years with the Eagles.”

Here’s what McShay wrote about Willis on

Willis is terrific at extending plays and keeping his eyes downfield outside the pocket. His off-platform throws have plenty of “wow” factor, as he gets the ball out from various release points with velocity and hits tight windows. An Auburn transfer, Willis has thrown for 1,679 yards this season, with 17 passing touchdowns and six interceptions. His completion percentage (66.1%) and yards per completion (9.2) have both improved from last season, but he has taken 28 sacks in 2021. On the ground, Willis has 647 yards and another nine touchdowns. He got back on track on Saturday against North Texas after back-to-back three-INT games in mid-October, and I’m looking forward to seeing him against Ole Miss in early November.