According to reports, Denver Broncos General Manager George Paton and quarterback’s coach Mike Shula will attend the BYU pro day to watch top quarterback prospect Zach Wilson throw the ball.
After attending Penn State Pro Day today, Broncos GM George Paton is expected to attend BYU Pro Day tomorrow per league source. Get loose, Zach Wilson. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 25, 2021
Wilson is considered to be the next best quarterback prospect behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence who’s expected to go number one overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Most assume that Wilson will go number two overall to the New York Jets, but if they do decide to stick with Darnold, the Broncos could look into trading up and selecting Wilson.
NFL Network’s lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Wilson ranked as his second-best quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft and ranks him as his 4th best overall player in the draft.
Wilson has average height and a lean/narrow frame for the quarterback position. He’s an excellent athlete and generates several wow plays in every game I’ve studied. Wilson has a dynamic throwing motion. He carries the ball low but once his hands separate, the ball comes out in a hurry with a high level of RPMs. He’s extremely accurate from a variety of platforms and arm angles. He makes some incredible throws while fading away with both feet off the ground, and he can drive the ball to the boundary from the far hash. He also uses his quickness and creativity to buy time to let his targets uncover. He’s effective on designed QB runs, but that part of his game will need to be limited at the next level due to his lack of size. My only real concern with Wilson is durability. He’s already been through shoulder surgery (after his freshman season) and he doesn’t have an ideal frame. If he can stay healthy, his upside is enormous.
If the Broncos were able to trade up for quarterback Zach Wilson, it would give them a dynamic passer who could thrive with the offensive weapons the team has and finally be able to challenge Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offensively. He has that sort of potential and arm talent that flashes throughout his film.
Yes, he’s a “smaller” quarterback prospect but John Elway isn’t running the show these days so that’s not an issue anymore, or at least that we know of. I do worry about the competition jump from BYU to the NFL, especially early on for Wilson, but the talent should win out sooner rather than later.
The Broncos due diligence on the quarterback continues. Paton already attended Trey Lance’s Pro Day, they had a rep to watch Trevor Lawrence throw, now they’ll watch Zach Wilson throw. The Ohio State Pro Day is March 30th so I would expect Paton to travel to Ohio to see Justin Fields as well.