Steelers Land Liberty’s Malik Willis in NFL Network’s Charles Davis final draft
Happy Draftmas Eve, everyone!
Good news! The fictional drafts are almost done.
Do you hear that? Millions of people party everywhere.
Just hold your applause for about 10 minutes, because there’s one more fictional draft to work on here, which is the final version of NFL Network‘s Charles Davis. Davis, one of the most respected voices on all platforms covering football, has remained consistent for the Steelers throughout the pre-draft process, selecting a quarterback all three times in his mock draft.
Of course, those quarterbacks differed each time, as Davis picked Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh in the 1.0, then grabbed Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati in the 2.0. On Wednesday, Davis again remained at quarterback, but went with Liberty’s Malik Willis who has been a hot commodity for the Steelers throughout the pre-draft process.
“The Steelers have done as much visible work on QBs as any team in the draft,” Davis wrote of his selection of Willis for the Steelers. “Here they make the first selection of a caller in 2022. With veteran Mitch Trubisky already in Pittsburgh and likely to be the starter in 2022, Willis will have a chance to acclimate. I could see Willis, Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson forming a really dynamic trio going forward. Kevin Colbert sets the stage for the future at QB in his final draft as general manager.
— Liberty Football (@LibertyFootball) April 26, 2022
Based on Davis’ simulation and how it plays out, the Steelers will have their QB pick at No. 20 overall, as no quarterbacks entered the top 19 picks, with Atlanta leading at No. 8. , with Seattle drafting the cornerback at No. 20. 9, Houston doubling its defense at No. 13 and New Orleans drafting an offensive tackle and wide receiver at No. 16 and No. 19, respectively.
Willis has been the go-to consensus for the Steelers throughout the pre-draft process, rightly or wrongly, based on the work the Steelers have done on the Liberty star, meetings and dinner at the Senior Bowl, meetings at the NFL Scouting Combine, a large contingent on its Pro Day and a pre-draft top-30 visit to Pittsburgh before the draft.
I’ve watched every snap of Malik Willis’ 2021 season. An exceptional campaign.
—Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 22, 2022
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and it looks like there’s a fire burning below the surface in Pittsburgh for Willis who will emerge brightly Thursday in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.