Three-year starter named Third Team All-American and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 after tying the school record with a Big 12-leading 11.5 sacks, finishing second in the conference with 17.5 tackles for loss and forcing three fumbles. Made 35 tackles (15 for loss) with 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2015. Sophomore totals include 26 tackles (seven for loss) and 4.5 sacks.
Incredibly athletic college defensive end swiftly moving up draft boards. Fluid, plays with great balance and tremendous pad level. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, easily changes direction and bends off the edge or pursues the play down the line of scrimmage. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, is rarely off his feet and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Attracts a lot of attention on the outside, competes hard and plays through the whistle. Possesses a closing burst and nicely redirects to ball handlers.
Easily disrupted from his angle by a single opponent. More of a first-step lineman who gets engulfed by blocks or sealed from the action.
Willis was an effective defensive end on the college level who turned in a tremendous combine performance and moves towards the draft as a potential second-day pick. He’s a natural pass rusher but may be a liability against the run due to his size and lack of pure strength. Until he improves his strength and adds bulk to his frame, Willis is likely to be a situational third-down defender.