1. Malik Willis
Malik Willis is the best fit for the Atlanta Falcons in this draft and the one quarterback they should feel confident taking with the 8th overall pick. Drafting Willis comes with a huge amount of risk, however, he clearly has the highest ceiling and is a great fit for Atlanta. Willis is the most balanced quarterback in this draft when it comes to his ability to scramble and still make every NFL-level throw. He has a great arm and has the ceiling of a top-ten quarterback in this league.
The downside here is the risk involved with taking Willis is the obvious bust potential. Willis had a great career with Liberty but was often forced to carry the team and make plays he wouldn’t get away with at the next level. Willis needs a team that can support him and put him in a situation where he isn’t trying to win the game on every play.
Atlanta lacks the roster to support Willis and if they draft him could opt to sit him for a portion of the season behind Mariota. Allowing him time to learn the offense and face less pressure than if they chose to start him on day one. Regardless of when he starts taking Willis is a risk, one the team must consider taking if he is still on the board when their number is called.