The Tennessee Titans drafted Liberty quarterback Malik Willis in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft for one specific purpose — to replace Ryan Tannehill as the team’s starter.

Willis is expected to be the Titans’ long-term answer at quarterback, though it’s unclear when he’ll take over the starting job from Tannehill. Tennessee is likely hoping it happens in 2023, so the team can move on from Tannehill’s enormous contract.

Whenever the day is, Willis says he will be ready.

Until then, Willis is going to be the best possible teammate he can be.

Nov 6, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis (7) looks to pass the ball against the Mississippi Rebels during the second quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

“Ryan Tannehill is a great player, and he’s a great leader for this organization,” said Willis on Friday when asked about replacing Tannehill. “I just want to come in and just do all I can in order to get better at my craft. Whenever that time comes for me to get on the field, then that time will come.”

“But until then, I’m just going to try to learn and be the best teammate that I can be,” added Willis.

That’s absolutely the right attitude for Willis to have. He knows he has a lot to learn. Willis also understands that right now, this is still Tannehill’s team.

At some point, it will be Willis’ turn to lead the Titans’ offense. But no one expects that to be in 2022.

For now, he can sit back, learn how to be an NFL quarterback, and continue to refine his already elite talent.

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