Would Kenny Pickett or Malik Willis be chosen first? Much of the discussion leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft boiled down to this question. Of course, with both quarterbacks now off the board, the answer has been given. Pickett was chosen in the first round and Willis was chosen in the third round. However, a lingering question was why the quarterback wasn’t there on day two.
According to the NFL reporter jonathan jones, the answer was due to a packaging problem. Simply put, the quarterback had nothing to wear as he only packed a suit for one day. Instead of going to the draft, the quarterback rented a bowling alley. Here’s how the quarterback phrased it:
“We rented this bowling alley, so we didn’t have to go back to the green room because I didn’t have another costume.”
This answer may raise questions from fans, who may be wondering why the quarterback didn’t have another suit. One explanation was that he simply forgot to pack two suits. Another explanation could be that he planned to leave the board on the first day, so he didn’t take an extra suit.
Some may be wondering why he didn’t just come back in the same suit he wore the night before. Skeptics may speculate that staying in the bowling alley was a good way to avoid the public as he slipped further into the draft.
The quarterback also came close to retiring on Day 2, getting picked by the Tennessee Titans with the 86th pick in the draft and only about 20 picks before the night was over.
The college career of Malik Willis
Malik Willis’ college career as a starter only lasted two years. According to Sports reference, the high school prospect started with Auburn in 2017. However, in 2017 and 2018, the quarterback played minimal snaps. After his sophomore year, the quarterback transferred to Liberty, where he began to make a name for himself.
In 2020, the quarterback has played ten games. He threw for 2,250 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. In 2021, the quarterback played the most games of his career (13). As a result, he boasted the greatest statline of his career, but potentially not his best.
Last season he threw for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Prior to the draft, Willis was considered a head-to-head contender with Kenny Pickett. However, after being drafted two rounds later, it’s now clear the NFL had their own opinion on the quarterback.