Zach Wilson is officially going to New York.
Wilson becomes the highest drafted player in BYU history (Steve Young did go #1 in the supplemental draft) as the Jets selected him with the #2 overall pick. This pick was expected for some time after Zach’s magnificent junior season, interviews, and pro day that sealed his fate as the second pick.
Zach Wilson had a prolific junior 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 by many before this season, but his downfield accuracy, mobility, and overall arm talent skyrocketed him up draft boards. His sophomore season in 2019 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.
Good luck to Zach in New York! The Jets just gained a new army of fans today.