Argue with me all you want, but I think this is the choice we’re going to end up essentially making in April for our next QB.
It’s Willis if they take one this year. It’s Stroud if they wait.
I’ll explain for those of you who haven’t read my thinking about it already.
Malik Willis would be the obvious pick of the Dorsey eye. Even over Sam Howell, the Mayfield clone. Dorsey did draft Baker but he also drafted Mahomes and helped draft Aaron Rodgers. He would be a complete fool to not see which of his picks ended up better than others. I expect Willis’s arm talent to really appeal Dorsey like it did with Mahomes and Rodgers, and I think Campbell will really be drawn to Willis’s mobility and ability to affect the running game. Creating an extra blocker with a read is something he’d be totally into.
I don’t say CJ Stroud because I’m a Buckeye. I say it because it looks like that’s where we’re at right now. Could it change? Zach Wilson says hello.
Bryce Young is going to be the number one pick in the 2023 draft. Will Anderson will go 2. That leaves us Stroud as the only remaining good QB prospect in the 3-5 range where we will either be or trade up to.
We would hopefully take into account the playmaker we’d be passing up to take Willis. I hope we could still get Jaquan Brisker at the top of the 2nd at 33 so we at least have someone, but we would pass up a Chris Olave or a Devin Lloyd to pick Willis, and is that where this team is at right now to be making that pick?
Hopefully neither of these guys would start until week 1, 2023. When’s the last time a Lions rookie wasn’t thrown to the wolves immediately? Play out next season with Goff, build the team, and you’ve got your rookie learning the new system and developing (hopefully).
So comparing the two…
It’s Willis by a landslide for me right now.
Better arm atrength
Better at throwing on the run
More talented in the run and pass games.
Mobile enough to pick up a 1st down
So who would you pick?
“Neither! OSU QB!! STAY AWAY!!!”
I’d take Willis, for what that tells you.