‘That Dude is Special Like Aaron Rodgers’- Former NFL QB compares Zach Wilson to MVP

Published 03/16/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers is one of the best players in the history of the NFL. The reigning MVP has been one of the most mercurial talents to enter the NFL in the past few decades.

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Despite him having a few stumbling blocks in the past few years, he still endures as one of the premier talents in the NFL. But one former quarterback believes that this draft prospect could be the next Rodgers.

Former NFL quarterback David Pollack spoke about prospects from this year’s draft class. He believes that Zach Wilson is very similar to Rodgers.

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He pointed to his excellent completion percentage during his time with BYU. Furthermore, he revealed that the percentage was the highest ever in college football history since the stat was recorded.

“You see, Aaron Rodgers. And I know that sounds crazy when you hear that, but he completed 62% of passes downfield. Best ever since ESPN’s recorded that stat. He drops the ball in the bucket, off-platform, sidearm angle but he elevated around him at BYU.” 

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Zach Wilson- The next Aaron Rodgers?

Pollack added that unlike Justin Fields, who had an excellent system around him, Wilson was able to make people around him look and play better than they can.

Wilson’s passing range and playmaking ability are exceptional, especially given the performances BYU had this year. He reminds Pollack of a young Aaron Rodgers in the way that he plays.

“He wasn’t Justin Fields playing with all these freak show wide receivers and one of the best play-callers in football. He could make everything look good.

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“And the way he threw the deep ball and dropped some of those passes, you just go, ‘That dude is special like Aaron Rodgers’.”

Can Zach Wilson be the next Aaron Rodgers? He is one of the most highly touted prospects going into this year’s NFL Draft. Many teams will enter the draft this season with the idea of getting a high-quality quarterback.

And Wilson is one of the best quarterback prospects in his class. But his success will depend greatly on which team decides to draft him this year.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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