Summary List Placement
The 2021 NFL Draft is still weeks away, but the top of the draft board is already taking shape.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are largely expected to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick of the draft, giving new head coach Urban Meyer a foundational player to help rebuild the franchise.
But Lawrence isn’t the only player that appears locked into his draft spot. After his pro day on Friday, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is now widely expected to be taken with the second overall pick, either by the New York Jets, who currently own it or by a team that trades up with the Jets to take him.
Wilson’s numbers in college show why he’s such a hot prospect for NFL teams. At BYU last year, Wilson threw for 3,982 yards, 33 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. If you were drafting based on spreadsheets, Wilson would already be pretty high on your draft board.
Comp Pct 73.5 >2nd
Pass Yards 3,692 3rd
Pass Yds/Att 11.0 >2nd
Pass TD 33 3rd
TD-INT Ratio 33-3 >1st
> Min. 200 pass attempts
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 26, 2021
But the appeal of Wilson goes far beyond the numbers.
At his pro day on Friday, Wilson made scouts and fans swoon with just one throw. Rolling out to his left outside of the pocket, Wilson threw a bullet, opening up his body to hit his receiver in stride 60 yards downfield.
It was a ridiculous throw, and Wilson made it look easy.
“That’s the throw of the Pro Day season right now.”
Zach Wilson showing off 🤫
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 26, 2021
On Twitter, fans were in awe of the toss, inviting comparisons to Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers shit. https://t.co/NIS1rO4a1O
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) March 26, 2021
Lol buddy was acting up 🔥🔥 https://t.co/ciXwr5IZfZ
— Mike Jordan (@MIKE_JORDAN41) March 26, 2021
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) March 26, 2021
According to Dane Brugler at The Athletic, Wilson put on an impressive show at his pro day that all but locked up his spot as the second pick.
Text from an NFL scout who was at the BYU pro day:
“Draft starts at 3. Wilson going 2.”
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 26, 2021
With throws like that one, it’s easy to see why Wilson is flying up draft boards. All that’s left to see is if the Jets are the ones to take him.