ZACH WILSON: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

ZACH WILSON: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
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BACKGROUND

  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 210 Lbs
  • College: BYU
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Quarterback

No quarterback has raised their draft stock more in 2020 than Zach Wilson. He is an explosive player who has had a significant rise up the draft boards in the last season. 

Through the 2020 season, Wilson has completed an improbable 73% of his passes. He has thrown for over 3600 yards and 33 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions on the year!

In an extraordinary season, Wilson finished 8th in the 2020 Heisman Trophy Finalist voting, the first time a BYU player has finished in the top 10 since 1991.

Born in Draper, Utah, Wilson attended Corner Canyon High School in Draper. At high school he came runner up for Utah’s Mr Football Award and was named the 5A MVP. He was recruited by several colleges before committing to BYU. 

At BYU Wilson has become their youngest ever starting quarterback and was named MVP of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2018. His 2020 season has been his best to date though having an extraordinary rise up the rankings. 

Wilson plays with remarkable arm strength and is incredibly mobile. He has a high football IQ and has a natural feel for the game. His game is carved around that of a modern NFL quarterback. 

He has the potential to do it all in the NFL and Wilson is now expected to be drafted early in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Watch the video below which shows Wilson’s impressive arm talent, accuracy and toughness. 

STRENGTHS

  • Instincts and Awareness
  • Throws Catchable Balls
  • Athleticism
  • Tough and Competitive

Zach Wilson is a modern NFL quarterback. He is a super confident playmaker who has really good pocket presence and excellent awareness. Wilson has good field vision and his eyes are always looking downfield. 

He gets the ball out quickly and with great release. More often than not, he only gives his receivers a chance of making a play by throwing catchable balls.

The ball leaves his hand with substantial zip and serious velocity. His throws are timed perfectly and he has the arm talent to make almost any throw. Wilson goes through his progressions quickly and is smart to diagnose coverages.

Wilson’s accuracy has dramatically improved through the 2020 season. In 2019 his accuracy was questionable at best, but his development in this area has been phenomenal.

He often throws into tight windows and he often hits them, only giving his receiver a chance of making a play, nullifying the opposing defender. 

Wilson’s arm talent will be one of the best in the 2021 Draft class. His passing attack is volcanic, relentless and instinctive. It provides him with the ability to take control of games by the scruff of the neck.

He chucks the ball up like he is playing backyard football and has performed well in pressurised situations. 

It’s not only inside the pocket where Wilson is comfortable though, because Wilson is athletically gifted and is excellent on the run. He has good footwork and has the ability to escape pressure when it arrives. Once out of the pocket, he is comfortable moving about and he can extend plays with his legs. 

WEAKNESSES

  • Level of Opposition
  • Injury Problems

There are a few concerns regarding Wilson entering the NFL Draft in 2021.

Firstly, the level of opposition he has played against has been weak. Now, this is no fault of Wilson’s, and it isn’t a make or break scenario, it is just a box that NFL Scouts like to tick.

The same issues were raised through the scouting process of Josh Allen, who has turned into a fantastic NFL QB. The same could be said for Jordan Love, but we are yet to know his career trajectory. It shouldn’t be an issue that will drop his draft stock extremely. 

Secondly, he has had injury concerns. He had issues last year with his hand and throwing shoulder. Although, it is fair to say it has not affected him. In 2019 he had to have surgery on his thumb and right shoulder.

Although Wilson has played fantastic this season, he will have to undergo rigorous medicals with teams to make sure it is not a problem that could flare up again.

Thirdly, as Wilson is a Mormon, we are yet to know whether he will go on religious missions after college. They could last up to 2 years and NFL teams will need to dig into this through their uncompromising interview processes. 

It isn’t something that Wilson has indicated he will be doing, but until there is a definitive answer it may be a worry.

Wilson also has some unorthodox techniques that make him slightly harder to evaluate. As stated, his footwork is good, but he doesn’t plant his feet before his throw in a typical fashion. Although, he does create a good base and it has worked till now. NFL coaches will have to make a decision whether they want to tidy it up. 

SUMMARY

Wilson’s mobility and athleticism mean he has the capability to be a NFL starter at the next level.

Wilson pairs a big time arm with the ability to elude oncoming rushers and his natural intuition make him a constant threat. He combines physical with mental toughness and has an organic understanding of the game.

No one has improved their draft stock more than Zach Wilson over the past year. He is now widely regarded as a first round prospect who could go as high as #2 overall come April.

Although, Wilson has the ability to slot straight in as an NFL starter, he is a player who could benefit from some time behind a veteran to absorb all the information and develop due to better coaching. The additional time to develop would only help him in years to come.

DRAFT PROJECTION: ROUND 1

How good of a prospect is Zach Wilson? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_

Feature Image Credit: USAtoday

Video Credits: ESPN College Football  |  BYUtv Sports

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