BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, widely projected as the second overall pick in next month’s NFL draft, delivered an impressive pro day Friday as three teams with the top 12 picks made trades that could affect the order of the picks. quarterbacks.
With 31 teams represented in Provo, Utah, all but the Los Angeles Rams, Wilson showed the arm strength that triggered his breakout season with the Cougars. He dazzled with some off-balance shots that went 50 yards.
“Today’s goal was to show what makes me different, the kind of pitches that I can do that I feel like other guys don’t practice and don’t try to do,” Wilson said later on a Zoom call. “That was the goal: to show what makes me different.”
The New York Jets, owners of the second pick, were represented by general manager Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch was also in attendance. The Atlanta Falcons, who chose fourths, had general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith on hand.
During Wilson’s training, it emerged that the 49ers had traded with the Miami Dolphins, jumping from No. 12 to No. 3, putting them in a position to select Jimmy Garappolo’s successor. (The Dolphins later returned to No. 6 in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.) However, Lynch might not have a chance on Wilson. The Jets, perhaps looking to replace Sam Darnold, could take him to No. 2.
After his training, Wilson chatted briefly on the field with Douglas.
“Great staff. I love those guys,” Wilson said of the Jets, who have interviewed him on Zoom calls. “Joe Douglas is a great guy. It was good to see him here. They have a good thing.”
The presumed first pick is Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the long-awaited pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wilson, who threw 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions last season, may have solidified the No. 2 spot, ahead of Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
Wilson, listed by BYU at 6 feet 3 inches, stood at 6 feet 2 inches, easing concerns among scouts that he would not make it to that mark. He weighed 214 pounds. He did not run a 40-yard dash or participate in any field exercises because he recently injured a hamstring, he said, adding that he would perform drills on film for teams that requested them.
During scripted training, he threw no fewer than 70 balls. About seven were off target and there were a few drops.
“I missed a couple,” Wilson said. “Too many balls on the floor, things I have to clean.”
Wilson believes he showed that his surgically repaired shoulder is fine.
“I feel great, no issues,” said Wilson, who had surgery before the 2019 season. “It was stronger than before. I’m glad I did. Now, by coming here and showing these coaches that style. , what it is about “.