Zach Wilson: The Wonder-Kid
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BYU’s Zach Wilson wasn’t a household name until his breakout junior year in which he started 12 games, completing 247 of 336 passes for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
That’s a good way to get noticed no matter who you play for!
Wilson has established himself as one of the best Quarterbacks in this rookie class boasting incredible arm talent to go along with significant starting experience with 28 collegiate starts. Doubters knock him for not playing in a power five conference or competing against top tier talent but if you watch him play it’s evident that he has serious skills.
The first comparison that came to mind while I was watching his film was none other than Patrick Mahomes. He has a huge arm that can make those crazy inhuman throws. His velocity and ability to throw the ball with timing and anticipation is nothing short of elite. His effortless release under duress on 50+ yard bombs are things of beauty and he can scramble out of the pocket and get the job done with his legs like Mahomes too. I’m not saying he’s a carbon copy or anything but he’s got all the talent in the world and has tremendous poise. Not to mention that he seems to be a natural born leader.
This kid eats, sleeps, and breathes football!
“I catch myself watching football, studying football 24/7. We’re here lifting all the time, and then, I go home, and every night before bed, I’m watching some in-depth analysis of a random quarterback of the day, whether it’s Matt Stafford or Josh Allen, I love to see their transition from high school to college to the NFL. Really just anything I can get my hands on that I feel like is gonna help me be a better player,” Wilson said in an interview with KSL Sports.
“It’s not necessarily something I look for either. It naturally comes. I feel like I just love the game so much. I get home, and it just happens. I just want to watch football, and I want to learn as much as I can. I really take a lot of pride in how much I study the game.”
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s also a humble leader too.
“It’s awesome, it’s a blessing, and it keeps me grateful for everything I have in my life,” said Wilson on the attention he’s receiving from the NFL. “It teaches me how to be humble, honestly. I feel like I get excited at the situation, I get excited at what’s going on. Then it really gives me the ability to reflect and say, ‘Okay, well what got me here? Why am I to this point? What can I do better? How can I give back to other people, you know?’ I’ve been given a lot of opportunities in my life, and I just feel like it’s making me a better person and a better player. It’s nice to be getting noticed and stuff, but it’s really gonna keep making me try and work harder to get to the next step.”
There’s a reason why it’s been tossed around whether he’s better than Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or not and I’m not willing to go that far but for a kid who wasn’t projected to be a first rounder until late last season to be widely considered as the No. 2 pick is amazing!
The 6’3” 210 pound Wilson played out of this world in his junior year after two solid seasons as a true freshman and sophomore causing him to fly up draft boards. He has all the makings of a legit franchise Quarterback and I can’t wait to see what he can do in the pros.
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