BYU coach talks up Zach Wilson as an NFL franchise quarterback

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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson has increasingly been discussed as the likely No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL draft, with the Jets positioned to take Wilson, assuming the Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence first overall. BYU coach Kalani Sitake likes that idea.

Draft him, and find out,” Sitake told the New York Post. “I recruited him, and I recruited him late, and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. . . . I’m excited to see where the next stop’ll be for him, because I think he’ll do really, really well there.”

Sitake said Wilson has the exact mental makeup an NFL team wants in its franchise quarterback.

“On a football field, he’s a guy that could easily be a coach right now,” Sitake said. “You want a guy to be highly competitive, but not a lot of people are willing to sacrifice and put in the time to prepare like he is. Imagine a player who loves the game of football and when I’m working late nights, he’s here as well. And then when I’m watching film, he’ll come in and watch film with the coaching staff and hang out. He lives for ball, that’s what he does, and he’s a great student of the game, and his work ethic’s unbelievable, and his teammates love him.”

With Lawrence likely to go first, Wilson joins Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones as the other top prospects in a good year for quarterbacks in the draft.

33 responses to “BYU coach talks up Zach Wilson as an NFL franchise quarterback

  1. I watched several BYU games this year plus their bowl game, this kid is the real deal

  2. This is the probelem with the NFL. You never know how any of these guys are going to turn out. The second pick in the draft is way too high for tis player. Teams are so desperate they jump at these guys and the vast majority fail. We don’t have to name names Mariota, Winston, Manuel, Russel, Rick Mirer etc.

  3. If he goes to a team with a good offensive line, I think he could be pretty good, a lot of these young QBs fail without protection in their first and second year

  4. Zach Wilson is an absolute sure thing in the NFL! Just like Tua, Darnold, Mariota, Winston, Wentz, Rosen, Bortles, etc.

    Teams, fanbases & the media need to stop acting like a young QB will magically save a bad team. Jacksonville, the Jets & others with top 10 picks need a lot more than one unproven, inexperienced rookie to turn them around.

    The Jets screwed up Darnold – why will Wilson be any different? These are failures of the teams, not the players.

  5. Check out 2018’s draft. Darnold & Mayfield aren’t talked of like reasonable talent but the best thing since sliced bread. Of course its not helped that top picks are all taken by the worst orgs.

  6. You never know whether the AAA hitter can hit the major league curveball…you can’t be sure that the college qb can read defenses and hit the tight windows…I thought Darnold was close to a sure thing and he hasn’t looked good do far ..although if you scouted Mahomes based on a super bowl with an injured offensive line how great did he look and that was with Travis Kelce and Tyreek hill..so maybe stick with Darnold

  7. I wonder if because of the NFL Combine being canceled we might learn the true height and weight of all the players a little later in the process.Of course body type is just or more important than height/weight.For Zach Wilson in particular I’ve heard his body type compared to Johnny Manziel even though he’s listed as 6-3 210.

  8. I watched some BYU. I don’t see it. He looks like another lottery ticket second round type QB to me. But he is a QB and in the nfl those guys always go in the first round.

    Lawrence is the only guy i lok at play and i am 100% sure is at the very least an NFL starter for the next decade. I think Fields has a hire ceiling than anyone else, but i also think of the top he is the most likely to bust out. Jones and Wilson are just like Goff and Winston to me. They both could be ok, or they could be career back ups. But neither guy jumps off the screen when i watch. Lance i didnt see play but after the Wentz debacle i want no part of another ND product.

    Honestly i would take Chase, Sewell, or the penn state line backer over any of these guys based on talent alone. 10 years from now we will look back and all three of those guys will have had better careers than any of the qbs in this draft.

  9. Any young QB that decides to go to the Jets needs to have their head examined. They have screwed up more young QB’s than any other team. So much so that Trevor was contemplating another college year if the Jets were number 1. They are better off with a younger veteran who understands the NFL and who feels comfortable in his own skin. No, matter who’s in charge with the Jets it’s always “ same old Jets”

  10. If you’re an experienced scout, the QB position is actually one of the easiest to evaluate because the QB is involved in every play. If you watch enough game tape, and don’t listen to anything anyone else is saying, it’s easy to figure out these guys. There are not any shortcuts. Scouting isn’t for lazy people, or for people who don’t have enough time to do the hard work. Don’t look at stats. Don’t look at highlight tapes. Don’t attend the workouts. The owners are investing millions of dollars in these players, and there should be a proper evaluation. There’s more scouting done today with the ears, than there is with the eyes. It’s not easy, but it’s simple, if you put in the time, and you know what you’re looking for. And then you project what you see to an NFL game. I mean, are you watching a QB that plays behind Alabama’s line, and has 6 or 7 seconds every play? Does he have future 1st round NFL receivers going against college DB’s? Are watching a kid from a small school going up against a BIG 10 school, and that QB never had time to set his feet? Are the receivers running the right route, or is it the QB’s accuracy? What does he do when the called play breaks down, and he has to improvise? Does he make good decisions, quickly, and consistently? Scouting definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s hard work and it’s not glamorous. So if you’re looking at highlight tapes and listening to the herd, it’s 100% a crap shoot. If you know how to scout, and you do the necessary work, it’s much closer to an exact science.

  11. Endorsements like this from the college coach don’t mean a lot in my book. He’s talking to future recruits not the Jets. On the other hand whenever a college coach says anything negative or non-committal (see Pete Carroll/Mark Sanchez) that means a ton.

  12. Good for the coach. I wish the kid a great career. Nothing changes, some QB’s make it and some dont for a hoard of reasons. They cant all be Dan Marinos.
    In todays game one of the biggest issues for these kids is the team around them. A running passing QB on a team built for running, or a drop back QB on a team built for the option. It all makes a difference

  13. Jets wouldn’t be in this situation if they listened to actual football people instead of stat nerds and drafted Josh Allen instead of Darnold.

  14. I don’t know why the Jets didn’t hire Sitake outright and pair him with Wilson at QB. He’s built a really good program at BYU the last couple of years that people don’t give credit to because “It’s just BYU.” Had they not taken the short notice game against Coastal Carolina who knows what would’ve happened.

    Conversely, the Jets just hired Robert Saleh as their head coach who led a below average defense last season.

  15. If you’re an experienced scout the QB position is the easiest to evaluate? How dumb is this statement? NFL teams have professional, experienced scouts. 0 QBs are on the same team that drafted them for 7 recent years. College plays a different game.

  16. As a BYU graduate, doesn’t he have to spend 2 or 3 years traveling the world trying to get people to drop their religions and convert to Mormonism?

  17. silverspoonwoodyjohnson says:

    February 21, 2021 at 6:30 am

    This is the probelem with the NFL. You never know how any of these guys are going to turn out. The second pick in the draft is way too high for tis player. Teams are so desperate they jump at these guys and the vast majority fail. We don’t have to name names Mariota, Winston, Manuel, Russel, Rick Mirer etc.
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    You can say the same thing with more names and more recent to back it up about all the other positions. Heres some of those #2 picks who according to you would be more sure things Charles Rogers, Reggie Bush, Robert Gallery, Luke Joekel, Jason Smith. Not exactly the greats and those are more recent than Mirer

  18. Watched a couple games tapes to see the hype. Not saying he wont succeed but seems smaller in stature without some of the skills of others in his bracket. Why wasn’t he a team captain? Desperate teams make desperate picks. I am not sure any of these QB are worth where th eyes will fall.

  19. 49er fans would mortgage their future to replace Garappolo with someone like Wilson. The BYU star has all the tools to be great; now he needs to go to the right situation. His chances for success depend greatly on whether his NFL team will allow him to develop and provide an o-line capable of protecting him. Niners will stand pat, draft or sign at least two olinemen to help protect their QB, and give Rosen a chance to learn Shanahan’s system,regain his confidence, and become a solid backup. A strong oline has a synergistic effect. It also helps keep the defense fresh, and well rested. Everyone rightfully mentions Tampa’s strong dline in the Super Bowl. With the oline keeping Brady unscathed and on the field meant the Tampa dline could continue applying pressure with 4 man fronts deep into the 4th quarter.

  20. mackcarrington says:
    February 21, 2021 at 5:11 pm
    As a BYU graduate, doesn’t he have to spend 2 or 3 years traveling the world trying to get people to drop their religions and convert to Mormonism?
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    No, it is not required, and certainly not required after graduation. Detmer, Young, McMahon, and Marc Wilson all did not do a “mission”

  21. jojomogir says:
    February 21, 2021 at 11:08 am
    Endorsements like this from the college coach don’t mean a lot in my book. He’s talking to future recruits not the Jets. On the other hand whenever a college coach says anything negative or non-committal (see Pete Carroll/Mark Sanchez) that means a ton.
    ——————————————————————————–
    Not really, It was cheatin’ Carroll trying to keep Sanchez from leaving early to keep the USC team together another year.. It was all about Carroll and not Sanchez. USC went 9-4 the next season without Sanchez and then Caroll was gone..

  22. I’d take a QB from the SEC or the Big Ten before I’d take somebody from the PAC 12 or Mountain West conference because they play in big games every week in tough football conferences.

  23. As a University of Utah alum and fan you can take my impartial word on this: Wilson is the real deal and I am still mad that the Utes didn’t recruit because he wanted to play for Utah! BYU was his second choice.

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