NFL Draft 2021: Is Zach Wilson the next Patrick Mahomes?

Published 03/28/2021, 4:59 PM EDT


The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin on April 29. This year’s event will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. As always, it will be a three-day affair ending on May 1, 2021. There are a number of young quarterbacks up for grabs at this year’s draft, including BYU prospect Zach Wilson.

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The 21-year-old had a tremendous season with the BYU Cougars in 2020. He concluded his final NCAA season throwing for 3,692 yards, 33 passing touchdowns, and just 3 interceptions.

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The youngster was named offensive MVP of the 2020 Boca Raton Bowl after completing 26 of 34 passes for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns. He broke Steve Young’s single-season completion percentage (73.5%) last year with a completion rate of 78.7 %.

Wilson, along with USC safety, Talanoa Hufanga, was selected as co-recipients of the 2020 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award in 2020. The former impressed at the recent BYU Pro Day catching the eye of top NFL scouts with some dazzling throws.

But with the 2021 NFL Draft coming up, it remains to be seen which team Zach Wilson will sign for this summer.

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As per the latest reports from within the league and NFL scouts, Zach Wilson is being tipped to join the AFC East franchise, New York Jets. But the San Francisco 49ers are still in the mix to bring in the youngster if the Jets move for someone else at number two. No matter where he goes, Wilson’s stock will remain high as he has already earned some massive comparisons with Texas A&M graduate, Patrick Mahomes.

Take a look at Zach’s highlight reel from the recently concluded 2020 NCAA college football season:

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Zach Wilson threw for 7,652 yards, with 56 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He rushed for 642 yards with 15 rushing TDs during his three-year stay with the BYU Cougars.

While comparisons to Mahomes at this stage of his career make no sense, one can’t help but notice a similar swagger and style of play in both these athletes. While football enthusiasts consider Mahomes as one of the best in the game at the moment, Wilson still has a long way to go to get to that level.

Can the youngster activate his full potential or will he end up as another ‘could have/would have’ player? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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