BYU: Zach Wilson Has All The Tools To Succeed In NFL

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All eyes are on Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson quarterback expected to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. But don’t forget about BYU’s Zach Wilson, said Cougars coach Kalani Sitake.

“Draft him, and find out,” Sitake told the New York Post. “I recruited him, and I recruited him late, and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. … I’m excited to see where the next stop’ll be for him, because I think he’ll do really, really well there.”

There is suddenly talk that Wilson could go second overall in the draft. That pick belongs to the New York Jets.

Not only does Wilson have the physical gifts, Sitake implied, but flourishes when it comes to the mental side of the game.

“On a football field, he’s a guy that could easily be a coach right now,” Sitake said. “You want a guy to be highly competitive, but not a lot of people are willing to sacrifice and put in the time to prepare like he is.

“Imagine a player who loves the game of football and when I’m working late nights, he’s here as well. And then when I’m watching film, he’ll come in and watch film with the coaching staff and hang out. He lives for ball, that’s what he does, and he’s a great student of the game, and his work ethic’s unbelievable, and his teammates love him.”

The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29-May 1.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. in many ways College football is broken. i keep up on things and have never seen Zach Wilson play. not once. until this highlight right here.

    its like College Football is the premiere league in the UK, complete with subdivisions within teams and rising and falling teams as if varsity and jv are interchangeable.

    just weird that the dude is suddenly the next great QB.

  2. Hey Sam,
    No knock against Zach Wilson, but BYU has been “independent” for 10 years now, and in the Mountain West before that. The caliber of their competition – on a regular basis – is not even CLOSE to the SEC, but also to “The Bigs” (10 and 12), or even the ACC. They could win the PAC12 conference maybe every third year or so – at best.
    They occasionally play a top PAC12 team, and lower tier SEC’s and BIGS, but they’re only a .500 team in those instances, and they regularly play about 3 Mountain West teams.
    So to equate Wilson to Lawrence is not fair to Zach or to Trevor. Lawrence’s stats versus FAR superior defenses are still much better than Wilson’s. Covid screwed everybody’s 2020 seasons, but leading Clemson to undefeated seasons as a frosh (2018 season) and a sophomore (2019 season) and a National Ship his freshman year versus Nick Saban’s Alabama juggernaut, and losing in the National Ship to Joe Burrow and LSU his second season, well…nuff said.

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