Zach Wilson is the latest in a long line of great BYU QB’s including Gifford Neilson, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco and Ty Detmer. That list features an NFL Hall of Famer, a couple Super Bowl Champions, a Heisman Trophy Winner and a bunch of record setters. Zach Wilson may be the best of them all.
Wilson’s stock has been rising. He enrolled in Provo three years ago after de-committing from Boise State. As a true freshman the statistics (120-of-182, 65.9% completion rate, 1,578 yards, 12 TDs, three INTs passing; 75-211-2.9, two TDs rushing) speak for themselves. He finished the season with a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl MVP effort (18-of-18, 317 yards, four TDs). He started nine games going 199-of-319, 62.4% completion rate, 2,382 yards, 11 TDs, 9 INTs passing; 67-167-2.5, and 3 TDs rushing in 2019. Wilson broke out in 2020, being named Co-Polynesian Player of the Year. His completion percentage was off the charts!! He was 247 of 336 (73.5%), throwing 33 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Wilson also rushed for 10 touchdowns in 12 starts for the 11-1 Cougars.
Wilson better than Lawrence?
The 6’3”, 210 lb. True Junior is just 21 years old!! He has earned high praise from analyst Chris Simms who claims Wilson arm is the best in the 2021 Draft.
Long time NFL Player Personnel guru Gil Brandt went so far as to say Wilson should strongly be considered as the #1 pick in the upcoming draft ahead of Trevor Lawrence who’s been considered the top pick from Day 1.
The New York Jets are sitting with the 2nd Pick in the draft and appear to be all-in with Wilson by clearing out the QB room with the trade of Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers. Is this the guy that the Jets can build around and change the franchise for years to come? We will find out soon.
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Bill Furman is a Collingdale PA native and a lifelong Philly sports fan of all of the teams. Having enjoyed a couple of NBA, Stanley Cup, and World Series Championships and a Super Bowl win, and we can’t forget a few Villanova Hoops National Championships, the good has been better than the many miserable seasons along the way. Bill got the bug at an early age when he attended his first Eagles game in 1965 and his first job was as an usher at the fabulous Palestra. Bill has been the host of Philly Pressbox Radio for 8 years.