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Zach Wilson NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for New York Jets QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson looks for a receiver during the third quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Boise State on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner)
Steve Conner/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'2"

WEIGHT: 214

     

POSITIVES

— Three-year starter who took over as a true freshman.

— Can throw guys open with his accuracy on all three levels; will place throws attempting to save his receivers from hits. Willing to make tight throws at all levels and is constantly aggressive. He will attempt back-shoulder throws and place balls against tight coverage. Plays with confidence.

— Excellent deep-ball thrower. Can throw far and throws a nice, catchable ball. Good intermediate arm strength. Overall solid arm strength and can put some zip on outside throws.

— Played in an offense that had translatable concepts to the next level.

— Has the ability to ad-lib and also change arm slots on his throws. Able to make throws off-platform. Will extend plays and use his legs.

— Good, smooth athlete. Able to make defenses pay when he scrambles versus man coverage or zone reads. 

— Quick release, even when on the move. Able to quickly get run-pass option throws and screens to the receivers to generate yards after the catch.

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 NEGATIVES

— Needs to be more consistent with his dropback timing. Has times when he takes a couple of unnecessary bounces and hitches and needs to throw with anticipation. He ends up trying to overcompensate on this and will overstride and sail throws.

— Confidence might lead him to try throws that he shouldn't in the NFL.

— Ball security can be poor in the pocket, especially when looking to ad-lib on throws. Will carry the ball below his waist.

— Above-average height at the QB position but has a slight build. Would not ask him to do QB run concepts up the middle consistently, and he may go down easier in the pocket than he did in college. Durability will be a question given his build and getting hit in the NFL.

— Really a one-year wonder with his production versus subpar competition.

      

2020 STATISTICS

12 G, 247-of-336 (73.5%), 3,692 YDS, 11.0 Y/A, 33 TD, 3 INT, 196.4 RAT

70 ATT, 254 YDS, 10 TD

      

NOTES

— First-Team All-Independent

     

OVERALL

Zach Wilson is a gunslinger QB who exploded during his third year as a starter at BYU. He has the arm talent to consistently make throws at all three levels from controlled settings and while off-platform. He is a good athlete who shows the ability to create and ad-lib plays when initial reads are covered, which is coveted from the QB position in today's NFL. 

Wilson has the utmost confidence in his arm and is not scared to throw into tight windows, even downfield. He will still need to improve on his timing, ball security, and when to learn to tone down the aggression and be a quarterback instead of a thrower. He showed confidence in concepts he ran often (mesh, mirrored routes) but would sometimes be lacking the ability to progress on infrequent play calls. His slight overall build is also something to note, as he won't be able to pull out of defenders' grasps as easily in the NFL and durability will be something to keep track of. 

Overall, Wilson is a legit franchise QB prospect who will add excitement and explosive plays to whatever offense he joins, but might take some time to adjust to what he can—and can't—get away with at the NFL level.

     

GRADE: 8.7/10 (Immediate impact NFL starter, 1st round)

OVERALL RANK: 7/300

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PRO COMPARISON: Jeff Garcia

      

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice