BYU quarterback Zach Wilson put on a show Monday night in the Boca Raton Bowl, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more in the first half alone as part of a 49-23 thrashing of UCF.
Wilson finished the game 26 of 34 for 425 yards, and may have provided Jets fans with a glimmer of hope after their team likely blew their chances at selecting Clemson stud quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick.
The Jets currently are slated to pick second in the draft, following Sunday’s upset of the rams, but may still be eye a quarterback even if the Jaguars choose Lawrence with the top selection.
Wilson, along with Ohio State star Justin Fields, is considered the top quarterback prospects behind Lawrence.
A 21 year-old baby-faced junior, Wilson entered the year relatively unknown but shot up the draft board after throwing 30 touchdowns against three interceptions during BYU’s 10-1 regular season.
“I’m not going to say he’s Patrick Mahomes, but what I’m saying, he plays like Patrick Mahomes,” Steve Young, the Hall of Famer and BYU alum, told KNBR radio last month. “Like, there’s no throw he can’t make. He’s just intuitive and really present when he’s playing. Every week, you’re like, wow, this is something good.”
While Wilson’s ability to improvise on the fly has been compared to the reining MVP, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is mobile, a skill NFL teams today value more than ever.
Wilson rushed for eight touchdowns and 242 yards during the regular season.
While he hasn’t officially declared for the draft, it would come as a surprise if Wilson stayed in school.
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