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One throw shows why BYU’s Zach Wilson has jumped up draft board to become the de facto No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft

Summary List PlacementThe 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...

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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.

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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.

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On Twitter, fans were in awe of the toss, inviting comparisons to Aaron Rodgers.

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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.

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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.

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