Zach Wilson is a consensus top quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft, pretty clearly in the top tier along with Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.
Considering the 49ers gave up a haul of draft picks in order to move up to #3 overall and take whoever of those options is left says a lot about what teams think of that group. Wilson, though, is seen by some as the top prospect, and it’s not hard to see why.
For example, look at this throw from BYU’s pro day workout today, which immediately went viral for obvious reasons:
— NFL (@NFL) March 26, 2021
Okay, yeah, that’s nuts. It’s one thing to throw a ball 50 yards in the air with pinpoint accuracy. It’s something else entirely to do it like Wilson does here, rolling to his left and slinging it across his body without much of a plant at all. It’s absurd, and there’s a reason the commentator stops to note that midsentence.
He has so many Aaron Rodgers/Patrick Mahomes-esque traits. Not saying he will be in the same universe as two of the greatest QBs of all-time! But just in term of some abilities and similarities. Special talent for sure. https://t.co/XQnOYxMSVk
— Matt Clapp (@DaBearNecess) March 26, 2021
Zach Wilson has an absolute cannon 🚀 pic.twitter.com/YmN9Y6pMV9
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) March 26, 2021
"That's the throw of the Pro Day season right now."
Zach Wilson showing off 🤫
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 26, 2021
Can I write the tweets for Zach Wilson’s pro day now?
-electric arm. He’s a mix of Mahomes and Rodgers
-pinpoint accuracy. He completed 67 of 68 passes
-forget his size, he’s a powerful thrower
-wow, look at that 70 yard throw
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) March 26, 2021
Jets could pick Zach Wilson second overall after taking Sam Darnold with the third pick in 2018 Draft. If that happens, they would become the first team in the Common Draft Era, since 1967, to select two QBs in the top three overall picks in a four-year span, per @EpKap.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
NFL Draft coverage can occasionally become monotonous, filled with the same cliched evaluations and empty comparisons to current pros that we get every year. Not to mention the somewhat problematic nature of the entire enterprise.
Other times, though, we get ridiculous throws that are just incredible to watch. Thankfully we got one of those highlights today. Thank you, Zach Wilson.
Good luck with, uh, the Jets.