Willis was a four year player at Kansas State, and was a favorite among his coaches. He came to Kansas State as a Kansas City All-Metro pick out of high school.
As a freshman, Willis recorded One tackle, which was a sack. As a sophomore, he recorded 26 tackles, seven TFLs, four sacks, and one PBU.
As a junior, his numbers began to pick up, as he finished with 35 tackles, 15 TFLs, 9.5 sacks, three PBUs, two QB hurries, and four forced fumbles. He also blocked one kick.
As a senior, he became one of the omst productive and disruptive players in the nation. He finished with 52 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 11.5 sacks, three PBUs, four QB hurries, and three forced fumbles.
He was named as the Big 12 Defensive player of the year in 2016, and was named as a third team All-American.
Breaks down what he is seeing with skill. Does not take the bate on misdirection.
Strong tackler, finishes what he starts.
Quick to change direction when needed.
Very strong hand work, some o the best at this position in this class.
Plays with decent balance in space.
Has excellent combo moves, including a devastating swim move that he uses with skill.
Very disruptive in the backfield against the run.
One track mind as a pass rusher, and uses his moves early and leaves the tank empty for the end of the play.
Does not possess a second gear in terms of speed or quickness.
Can get knocked off his path by aggressive blockers who are willing to meet him at the point of attack.
Does not always meet tackles head on, and gets caught working from bad angles.
May not have enough to make it at DE in the NFL, and may require work as an OLB in a 3-4 system.
Willis really came on during his last two seasons at K State, as he finished with over 32 TFLs. He has a knack for getting into the backfield, but he may be limited athletically to take on the DE job in the NFL. He may be a developmental project at this point with a necessary position change coming up, as he does not possess the frame or the moves to play at end on the next level. Still, h was productive enough to give a shot in the coming draft.