It was only a matter of time, but BYU junior QB Zach Wilson made it official Friday afternoon by announcing that he has declared early for the NFL Draft.
COUGAR NATION pic.twitter.com/BLQtiKWygT— Zachary Wilson (@zachkapono) January 1, 2021
Zach Wilson had a prolific season, finishing with 3,692 yards, 33 passing TDs, 3 interceptions and a BYU record 73.5% completion percentage. He also ran for 254 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished 8th in Heisman Trophy voting.
Wilson’s rise this year in ways mirrored 2020 number one overall pick Joe Burrow. Wilson wasn’t considered a NFL Draft pick before this season, but his downfield accuracy, mobility, and overall arm talent skyrocketed him up draft boards. His sophomore season in 2019 was saw him beat USC and Tennessee but lose to teams such as Toledo and Hawaii. Offseason shoulder surgery limited his offseason workouts and hindered him that season. Fully recovered, he showed off his immense arm talent that had NFL scouts flock to Provo. In addition to his talent, Zach is also a film junkie and might watch more film than any other college football QB.
Wilson will be BYU’s first quarterback drafted since John Beck was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 40th overall in the second round in the 2007 Draft. Zach is expected to be a first round draft pick, and several projections have him going as high as number two overall. The Jacksonville Jaguars are likely to have the number one pick and the New York Jets number two.
Congrats to Zach and best of luck to him in his NFL career!