The NY Jets are seemingly preparing to draft BYU quarterback Zach Wilson second overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. And that preparation process is apparently working twofold.
Just as the Jets are preparing to draft their next franchise quarterback, Wilson is reportedly preparing to be selected by the Jets.
NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported on Thursday that Wilson has reached out to a number of former Jets quarterbacks to prepare for playing in the New York market.
Among those he reached out to have been Chad Pennington, Mark Sanchez, and Josh McCown, at least according to Kinkhabwala and Wilson’s quarterbacks coach, former NFL veteran John Beck.
Zach Wilson is preparing for the NY Jets
For starters, this seems to be even further confirmation that the Jets will, in fact, select Wilson with their No. 2 overall pick next week. It’s more than speculation at this point, there’s hard evidence that Wilson will be the pick.
Barring any unforeseen, unprecedented change, the Jets will draft Wilson on April 29th. And with that, the franchise will usher in a new era at quarterback.
Wilson is, of course, from a tight-knit community in Utah — hardly an environment accustomed to the spotlight. And certainly a far cry from anything he might experience under the bright lights of New York.
Or Florham Park, New Jersey, for that matter.
It’s certainly encouraging to see Wilson making every effort possible to adequately prepare himself for life in the NFL. Evidently, that extends well beyond on-field preparation and constant training sessions with Beck and others.
The Jets opted to start over at the quarterback position this offseason following three lackluster seasons with Sam Darnold under center. Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was saddled with a poor supporting cast during his time with the Jets.
It ultimately stunted his development and, with a golden opportunity to select a QB at No. 2 overall in this year’s draft class, the Jets decided it was time to move on from Darnold.
Wilson will likely be the man the team turns to as his successor. With a hopefully improved supporting cast, the belief is that Wilson will be given a fairer chance at success in New York than Darnold was given.
Zach Wilson is preparing to be the man in New York. And the Jets are expected to provide him with that opportunity.