The NY Jets continue to be connected to rumors surrounding BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. The 21-year-old is widely considered to be one of the top signal-callers in this year’s class, and the Jets reportedly have a ton of interest.
That notion was supported on Friday when they sent their top brass to attend his pro day.
General manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur are all in attendance for BYU’s pro day showing that the Jets are serious about Wilson.
For reference, the Jets sent Douglas, assistant general manager Rex Hogan, and pass-game specialist Greg Knapp to Trey Lance’s pro day at North Dakota State.
It’s safe to say that they’re more invested in Wilson’s pro day than Lance’s — not that that’s a major surprise.
The NY Jets are serious about Zach Wilson
If it wasn’t already clear to this point, the Jets very interested in using the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Wilson. Nothing is certain at this point, but many inside the NFL seem to believe that Wilson is their top choice.
The BYU product broke out in 2020 after an injury-plagued first two years in Provo, Utah. He finished with 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing over 73 percent of his passes and throwing for 3,692 yards in 12 games.
Wilson was legitimately one of the best quarterbacks in the country last season and his success propelled BYU to their highest national ranking since 2009. The Cougars were a top-eight team at one point, and much of that was due to Wilson’s dominance.
His blend of arm talent, athleticism, and ambitious play style has led to comparisons to NFL greats such as Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. The hype for Zach Wilson is real, but there will be things to consider.
Wilson’s injury history is a concern as he injured both shoulders in college. There will also be some who question the level of competition he faced at BYU given that his school didn’t exactly face a murderer’s row of opposition.
Any concerns about his size, however, should have been put to bed when he measured in at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds at his pro day. For comparison’s sake, that’s around the same weight as Trevor Lawrence (who is four inches taller) which should end the “slight frame” discussions.
As the days go on, and Sam Darnold’s future appears more and more uncertain, Wilson continues to emerge as the favorite to be the Jets’ Week 1 starting quarterback in 2021.
The Jets are evidently very serious about Zach Wilson. And their representation at his pro day has made that very clear.