Zach Wilson Says Jets Are 'Going for the Super Bowl' After Being Drafted No. 2

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIApril 30, 2021

FILE - BYU quarterback Zach Wilson warms up before participating in the school's Pro Day football workout for NFL scouts in Provo, Utah, in this Friday, March 26, 2021, file photo. The New York Jets head into the NFL draft needing a quarterback and they hope to find the face of the franchise who can develop into a star and lead them to sustained success. The overwhelming favorite to hear his name selected by the Jets with No. 2 pick is BYU’s Zach Wilson. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Zach Wilson is setting the highest bar possible for himself after the New York Jets selected him No. 2 overall out of BYU on Thursday. 

"I'm going to give it everything I have," Wilson said. "There's not another team I'd want to play for besides the Jets. We're going to be a special team. We're going for the Super Bowl."

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The 21-year-old becomes the latest potential savior in New York after the Jets previously failed to find success with first-rounders Sam Darnold, Mark Sanchez and Chad Pennington

The Jets haven't been to the postseason since losing the AFC Championship to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and haven't finished above .500 since going 10-6 in 2015. 

Wilson will look to fix both of those problems immediately.

The 6'2", 210-pound QB passed for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions with the Cougars last season while adding another 254 yards and 10 touchdowns on 70 rush attempts. Considering the Jets finished with the second-worst passing offense in 2020 (174.8 yards per game), even an incremental improvement would serve as a welcome development in New York. 

Wilson will certainly have plenty of help on that journey. Wideouts Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims have proven themselves as legitimate threats while left tackle Mekhi Becton and right tackle George Fant provide solid protection up front. 

The Jets haven't won the Super Bowl since Joe Namath led New York to a 16-7 victory over the then-Baltimore Colts in 1968. 

Wilson is ready to get to work on snapping that streak as soon as possible.