Zach Wilson
Zach Wilson is the projected number two overall pick by the Jets? What does the BYU quarterback bring to the table? Here’s his 2021 NFL Draft profile. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Zach Wilson 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Zach Wilson is the likely number two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. With Trevor Lawrence heading to Jacksonville, the Jets looked poised to pull the trigger on the BYU quarterback. The trade of Sam Darnold only helped solidify that move. What does the BYU signal caller actually bring to the table? Here’s your 2021 NFL Draft profile on Zach Wilson!

Wilson has been a late riser this year but probably shouldn’t have been. Wilson started since his freshman year at BYU and has a ton of experience. Wilson stands at 6-foot-2, 214, but looks a little frail when watching his games. Can he take big NFL shots when that time comes? Wilson has had injury concerns in the past including a broken thumb and shoulder surgery.

The thing that automatically stands out about Wilson is his swagger and arm talent. Some of the throws that Wilson makes are SICK. I don’t necessarily want to compare him to this guy but make no mistake about it. Wilson has some Pat Mahomes in him. On the move, off-platform, Wilson can simply make plays other dudes cannot. Additionally, Wilson is by far the best in the class at altering his arm angles to make throws when it’s necessary. Like Mahomes, Wilson likes to show off. He will put those arm angles in there when he doesn’t have to.

Wilson’s ability to make throws when off-platform reminds you of Aaron Rodgers except with more mobility. The potential is tantalizing. Wilson has a lively arm that can throw absolute lasers all over the field. The deep ball accuracy is beyond impressive.

Wilson has that ability to play with torque. He’s so good at unlocking his hips, bending his knees, and getting the ball where it needs to be in the most uncomfortable circumstances. Wilson is so twitchy it’s hard not to love his upside.

The Draper Utah native is also really good at making decisions. He reads the field beautifully. Wilson is also a very quick decision maker and can get the ball out quickly. Wilson has a feel for pressure and moves around well in the pocket. The athletic traits aren’t a question either. Your boy can move and can easily pick up first downs with his legs.

One knock Wilson has gotten is the lack of high competition BYU played. In fairness to Wilson, he likely would have went to Utah but he wouldn’t have been a lock to start as a freshman. The so called experts point to the Coastal Carolina game as a bad performance and I whole-heatedly disagree. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that game showed me Wilson is going to make it. I don’t care what the stat line says. Of course, you can read more about that game here.

Wilson’s pure numbers were sick in 2020. 33 TD’s to 3 INT’s is no joke. Wilson also completed an absurd 73.5% of his throws while averaging 11 yards per attempt. Call it a weaker conference all you want. Those numbers are no joke.

I have Zach Wilson ranked third on my quarterback rankings. In a normal year, the third quarterback wouldn’t be high on the radar. This isn’t a normal year. The 2021 NFL Draft could easily be the best quarterback class of my life time. Wilson’s pure traits make him a tantalizing selection for any franchise with the upside of landing a quarterback that can lead you to a Super Bowl championship.

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