NY Jets: BYU QB Zach Wilson declares for 2021 NFL Draft

NY Jets, Zach Wilson (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Zach Wilson (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Potential NY Jets’ draft target Zach Wilson has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

The NY Jets will have a few options this offseason when it comes to making a decision at the quarterback position. And one of those options, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, has just officially solidified himself as a legitimate possibility.

Wilson took to Twitter on Friday to officially declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. And with that, he became the most notable quarterback to date to do so.

There will be plenty of discussions this offseason regarding the Jets’ quarterback situation. But while it may not be what a portion of Jets fans want to hear, the possibility of moving on from Sam Darnold seems likely at this point.

Darnold will be entering the fourth year of his rookie contract and is coming off the worst season of his professional career. It’s difficult to justify sticking with him, regardless of the reasons behind his struggles.

And if the Jets do move on from Darnold, they’ll realistically have two options to choose from with the No. 2 overall pick. Assuming Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is selected first overall, it will come down to a decision between Ohio State’s Justin Fields and the aforementioned Wilson.

Entering the year, no one could have foreseen this debate.

The NY Jets have surely taken notice of Zach Wilson’s standout 2020 season

Fields was unanimously seen as the second-best quarterback prospect behind Lawrence with some even insisting that the gap between the two was pretty small. Wilson, on the other hand, was hardly even a blip on the radar of most scouts.

The BYU signal-caller tossed only 11 touchdowns as compared to nine interceptions last season and wasn’t even considered a legitimate NFL prospect until he broke out in 2020. And break out he did.

Wilson finished the season completing over 73 percent of his passes for 3,699 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. He established himself as not only one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, but a bonafide first-round NFL prospect.

Meanwhile, Fields has had his fair share of struggles in recent weeks opening the door for Wilson to perhaps solidify himself as QB2 in this draft class.

While Lawrence and Fields have yet to officially declare at the time of writing, it’s pretty much a lock that they both do before long. The same was true for Wilson — this announcement is hardly a surprise.

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With Wilson officially in the 2021 draft class, all eyes will be on Lawrence and Fields to follow suit oncer their respective seasons come to an end.