BYU football star Zach Wilson had a huge 2020 season and that has led to him being considered a top NFL draft prospect. Where could he land?
After an impressive freshman season in 2018, Zach Wilson suffered through a bit of a sophomore slump in 2019 with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions as his completion rate dipped. He showed the ability to run with five rushing scores through two years with 388 yards.
Two more years of progression looked to be what Wilson needed to become an NFL prospect, but after a massive junior season, he catapulted up draft boards and is now considered either the second or third-best quarterback in the class, depending on who you ask.
Wilson is now a top-five prospect for 2021 and there are a handful of teams looking for a franchise quarterback. He passed for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns with just three picks and a career-high 74 percent completion rate. He also rushed for over 200 yards and 10 touchdowns. NFL teams are salivating over his potential.
Which landing spots would be the most ideal (and realistic) for Wilson in the 2021 NFL Draft?
3. San Francisco 49ers (No. 12)
There’s been plenty of speculation about Jimmy Garoppolo moving on from San Francisco after a disappointing tenure as starting quarterback. Some teams have been inquiring about him, including the Patriots, which could open up a spot for a young guy to take over. Let’s say Garoppolo is traded and the 49ers find a way to trade up from No. 12, they could, and should, aim for a guy like Zach Wilson.
San Francisco isn’t too far removed from Super Bowl contention so the roster isn’t exactly a lost cause and a young quarterback like Wilson could succeed there.
Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are nice receivers to start out with as a young quarterback and George Kittle is arguably the best tight end in the league. This offense is not devoid of talent and Wilson could be that missing piece to take the 49ers back to the Super Bowl.