Round 1, 2nd Overall, NY Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Fields/Wilson debate will rage on for the next few months, and contrary to the opinion of a large portion of Jets fans, it isn’t a straightforward one. But in this case, we do side with the majority and select BYU’s Zach Wilson.
Perhaps no player has improved their stock as much as Wilson has this season. Barely seen as a blip on most scouts’ radars going into the year, Wilson has broken out in 2020 and could find himself the second player off the board come April.
A true gunslinger in every sense of the word, Wilson has no shortage of arm talent that he combines with excellent athleticism and escapability. If you’re looking for a flashy, exciting, highly-regarded leader, Wilson is your guy.
He has a tendency to play hero ball and will need to accept check-downs more often as opposed to forcing passes into traffic. Turnovers will be a concern as will his prior injury history.
But Wilson has endeared himself to Jets fans rather quickly and would be more than a worthy selection here at No. 2 overall.
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Round 1, 27th Overall, NY Jets: Alijah Vera-Tucker, iOL, USC
The Jets draft their new prospective franchise quarterback and immediately provide him with some offensive line help in the form of USC offensive guard, Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Vera-Tucker has started each of the last two seasons at left guard and is one of the more well-rounded prospects in this offensive line class. Lacking a true weakness, Vera-Tucker is sufficient in both pass protection and as a run-blocker.
The junior lineman is technically sound with excellent body control and balance that make it difficult to throw him off his anchor. But while he’s an all-around solid prospect, he lacks the elite athleticism and explosiveness to make him a top-tier option.
Vera-Tucker is strong, but not especially explosive and he’s an inconsistent finisher at best. He isn’t a people-mover in the mold of a Mekhi Becton, but rather excels as a rock-solid prospect with no glaring holes in his game.
As a result, he would be an improvement over Alex Lewis at left guard both in the short-term and in the long run.