Zach Wilson Drafted by Jets: New York's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIApril 30, 2021

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson encourages his teammates during warmups before an NCAA college football game against San Diego State Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/George Frey, Pool)
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BYU star Zach Wilson became the second quarterback selected in the 2021 NFL draft, heading to the New York Jets with the No. 2 overall pick on Thursday.

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The 21-year-old was one of the most prolific passers in college football last year as a junior, racking up 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

Wilson's performance during the 49-23 victory over UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl in December will have turned heads among college football fans. He passed for 425 yards with three touchdowns and no picks, good for 210.6 passer rating. 

Now he'll look to carve out his NFL career in New York. Here's how he stacks up on the depth chart:

QB: Zach Wilson*, James Morgan, Mike White

RB: Tevin Coleman, Lamical Perine, Ty Johnson

WR 1: Corey Davis

WR 2: Jamison Crowder

WR 3: Denzel Mims, Braxton Berrios

TE: Christopher Herndon, Ryan Griffin

LT: Mekhi Becton, Chuma Edoga

LG: Alex Lewis, Cameron Clark

C: Connor McGovern, James Murray

RG: Greg Van Roten, Dan Feeney

RT: George Fant, Chuma Edoga


Wilson rocketed up the mock draft boards after his stellar season. On Feb. 16, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah projecting he'd be the second overall pick behind Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

Dane Brugler of The Athletic also had the Cougars star as the No. 2 quarterback on the board in February and ranked him as the No. 4 prospect in this year's class.

"Although scouts wish he was bigger and faced a tougher schedule, Wilson has the dynamic skill set that NFL teams covet," he wrote. "A naturally accurate passer, he has outstanding mobility with a whip for an arm to make off-platform throws look routine."

Wilson will now get a chance to prove those evaluators correct and take over a New York offense in need of a jolt. At 6'3, 210 pounds, he has the build of an NFL signal-caller. Now the Jets will find out if he has the skills to match. 


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