Matt Ryan has a hot fan at the 2022 Senior Rugby League. A quarterback is creating a lot of buzz ahead of this year’s NFL draft.
It was this midfielder who met Atlanta Falcons in Mobile, Alabama. Like every team attending the Senior Bowl, the Falcons are holding accountable to all participants.
However, an encounter with this dual-threat signal caller is interesting and not just because of his admiration for Ryan. An NFL rookie would be this rookie that could join the Falcons as an eighth overall pick, according to a prominent draft analyst.
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The Freedom Star Talks To The Falcon
One of the interviews the Falcons did was with Liberty’s Malik Willis, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter afterward Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Willis has become a standout for Team America. NFL.com Draft Analyst Chase Goodbread said various viewers from different NFL franchises who have watched Willis closely saw a “QB who combines a strong throwing arm with the power and fitness of backrunning.”
Meanwhile, CBS Sports ‘Ryan Wilson’ note that “how Willis up to the challenge” in proving himself to be the best QB in this class. The slot pool is considered slim this year, so it’s easy for a high-profile tournament entrant like Willis to create excitement among pundits and scribes still trying to find out about their rankings. surname.
Naturally, reporters were eager to talk to Willis about the passers-by who influenced his game the most. The 22-year-old named three midfielders he admires, including Ryan, each Heavy.com’s Jonathan Adams:
Willis’s admiration for Ryan is speaking as many are beginning to believe the former player is the natural successor to the Falcons veteran star.
ESPN Draft Guru backs Willis for Falcons
Falcons are considered natural landing spots by Atlanta native Willis by NFL National Correspondent Matt Verderame:
It makes sense since Ryan isn’t leaving town any time soon. Not when the 36-year-old has two more years to run with a lucrative contract. Ryan carries a cap of $48,662,500 for 2022 and $43,612,500 for year 23, according to OverTheCap.com.
Ryan’s contract bans early exit, but that doesn’t mean the Falcons can’t start planning for life without him. Drafting a clear heir and leaving that player on the bench for a season or two before he’s ready to start would be a smart plan going forward.
Willis would be a good fit for such a role as he is still raw, despite his obvious athletic aptitude. His mobility will surely appeal to Falcons head coach Arthur Smith and offensive coordinator Dave Ragone.
They have worked well with dual-threat midfielders in the past. Smith developed Marcus Mariota for the Tennessee Titans, while Ragone helped guide Mitchell Trubisky Chicago Bears into the knockout round in 2018.
Verderarme isn’t alone in thinking Willis will find the right fit with the Falcons. From ESPN Mel Kiper Jr. also thinks that Willis is the eighth player chosen to make sense:
The Falcons know that a decision on their defenders is in effect. Ryan is still capable and also the only proven item in NFC South after Tom Brady retirement.
However, quarterback is too important a position and doesn’t have some lasting security. Drafting a passerby with Willis’ potential will provide insurance if Ryan is reluctant to restructure his contract to help general manager Terry Fontenot free up some under-limit room and cash out the free agent . Or if the Falcons get a commercial offer attractive enough for Ryan in the next two years.
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