First-round quarterback Malik Willis will surprisingly visit the Colts
Coveted quarterback prospect, Malik Willis, is scheduled to visit with the Indianapolis Colts as the NFL Draft approaches.
Malik Willis has dominated the pre-draft cycle. The quarterback from Liberty was impressive at the Senior Bowl, the Combine, and his Pro Day.
He has captured fans, media, and scouts with his on-field ability and his off-field character. That is why many feel that Willis will be the first quarterback selected in the NFL Draft later this month.
That’s why it comes as a surprise that one of Willis’ pre-draft visits is with the Indianapolis Colts, a team whose first selection isn’t until the second round— No. 42 overall.
Malik Willis will visit Colts along with other teams
Indianapolis recently traded a third-round pick to acquire Matt Ryan and he is set to be the team’s quarterback for at least the next two seasons.
However, Ryan will soon be 37 years old, so it makes sense that the Colts want to think about the future at quarterback. It’s just shocking that Willis is one of the options Indy is exploring.
It’s not that Willis isn’t good, it’s actually that he may be too good for Indianapolis to have a chance at drafting him. With several quarterback-needy teams in the first round, the Colts would have to make a massive trade that jumps them from No. 42 all the way into the top 10.
That seems incredibly unlikely for Indianapolis, especially since it would be for a player that probably wouldn’t be playing the next two seasons.
That also means that Indy would be shipping away a lot of other picks that could be used to fill out the rest of the roster.
The other way Willis could end up with the Colts is if he slides in the Draft, and that’s likely why this visit is taking place. As impressive as Willis has been, it’s hard to accurately predict how this entire Draft class will come off the board.
On draft day, Willis may start to slip into the mid-to-late first round, then at that point, it would make more sense for Indianapolis to explore a possible trade.
This visit is probably just the Colts learning more about Willis so that they are prepared for the rare chance that Willis will be available for them to draft.