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NFL - US Sports: Willis ahead of other QB draft prospects

There could be a scrap for Liberty's Malik Willis with the QB still viewed as the top choice of most analysts from quarterback-needy NFL teams.

Willis, who shone at the NFL Combine earlier this month, threw some impressive deep balls at Liberty's pro day on Tuesday in front of scouts from all 32 teams and is 1/2 to be the first QB selected in next month's draft.

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Willis the main man

He opted not to run the 40-yard dash again, having declined to run it at the combine, but the fact that Willis was clocked at 20-plus mph at the Reese's Senior Bowl in February has left evaluators with little doubt over his straight line speed.

An ability to make plays with his feet is one area where Willis has an advantage over Pittsburgh pocket passer Kenny Pickett, who made all the throws last season but has seen his draft stock fall because of the size of his hands.

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With nine inches an unofficial standard in the NFL, doubts were raised when Pickett's hand measured 8 1/2 inches at the combine on 3rd March.

Hand size a potential issue

Teams based in cold weather regions could still be put off by Pickett's relatively small hands as gripping the ball becomes crucial in those conditions.

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who was joined by general manager Scott Fitterer and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo at the pro day, took a good look at the QB's grip on the football after his Monday workout.

Head coaches and general managers from the Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons were all in attendance for Ole Miss' pro day to see Matt Corral throw on Wednesday - where there were no visible signs of Corral being limited by the high ankle sprain he suffered in the Sugar Bowl.

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