NY Jets: One NFL team has Zach Wilson ranked as QB1

NY Jets, Zach Wilson Mandatory Credit: Rick Bowmer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets, Zach Wilson Mandatory Credit: Rick Bowmer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports /

The NY Jets are potentially in the market for a new quarterback this offseason. And as the weeks and months go by, one player who continues to be connected to the organization is BYU’s Zach Wilson.

Wilson is widely considered to be one of the top quarterbacks in a stacked QB draft class this offseason. With possibly up to four quarterbacks projected to be selected in the top-10 (if not the top-five), Wilson has staked his claim to be considered QB2.

Of course, that’s behind the consensus QB1, one of the best quarterback prospects to come out in decades, Trevor Lawrence. At least, he’s almost the consensus QB1.

According to a recent report from Matt Miller of The Draft Scout (formerly of Bleacher Report), at least one NFL team views Lawrence as the second-best quarterback in this class — behind Zach Wilson.

An NFL College Scouting Director from an unnamed team had the following to say about Wilson.

“What he does as a thrower, and as a runner, is exactly where we are as a league right now. He throws some of those 50/50 balls with his shoulders square to the defense after running around in the pocket and I’m seeing Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech all over again.”

While the Patrick Mahomes comparisons may be a little rich, it isn’t the first time that we’ve heard that talk. The NFL is very high on Wilson, and the Jets might be one of those teams.

The NY Jets will seriously consider Zach Wilson

The Jets have an important decision to make at the quarterback position. But with the No. 2 overall pick in a QB-rich draft, it’s difficult to justify sticking with Sam Darnold given how poorly he’s played over the first three years of his career.

With plenty of cap space and a ton of draft capital, the Jets have the resources needed to build around their new quarterback while also restarting the clock with a brand new five-year rookie contract.

It’s the more sensible route, and it’s one that general manager Joe Douglas seems likely to take at this point.

Rumors continue to run rampant about teams calling the Jets to inquire about Darnold. And while a decision probably hasn’t been made just yet, if the Jets feel as strongly about Wilson as much of the rest of the league seems to, it won’t be a difficult decision to make.

If not Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields remains very much in play. The same could even be said for North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, although it would be a surprise to see him go as high as No. 2 overall as we sit here in mid-February.

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Nonetheless, the NFL clearly holds Zach Wilson in high regard. So much so that one team even believes he’s better than the so-called “generational prospect” that is Trevor Lawrence.