Wilson dazzled during the 2020 season for the Cougars, throwing for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He rose up the draft boards with his electric performances and the Jets had an easy decision at pick No. 2.
This meant they'd have to part ways with Sam Darnold but that wasn't a particularly difficult decision for them considering Darnold's struggles through his first three years with the organization.
While the Jets have a favorable schedule in 2021, this is a team that won just two games a season ago and now has an entirely new coaching staff taking over along with a rookie quarterback.
That's going to make it tricky for the Jets to really contend, but Wilson has the ability to keep them in games with his explosive arm.
Let's check out three teams that Wilson could tear apart when he and the Jets offense takes the field.
Zach Wilson could torch the Atlanta Falcons in 2021.
There wasn't a worse passing defense a season ago than the Atlanta Falcons, who surrendered the most passing yards in the league. This sets up nicely for Wilson, who could put up big numbers against a very suspect Falcons secondary.
The Jets head to Atlanta in Week 5 and this could be a nice opportunity for the Jets to win maybe their second or third game of the season. The Falcons allowed 20 or more points in 13 games last season and gave up 30 or more points in six games.
They notoriously allowed the Dallas Cowboys to come back down 29-9 at the half and win 40-39 early in the season, which isn't the first time the Falcons have coughed up a big lead.
The Falcons didn't really do much to upgrade their horrible pass defense this offseason, instead focusing on adding offensive players.
Atlanta's defense is going to be bad in 2021, but their offense will be able to score so Wilson is going to have to air the pigskin out and put points on the board.
This has a chance to be a shootout and Jets fans are hoping that Wilson comes out on top.