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ZACH WILSON | BYU 6021 | 214 lbs. | JR. Draper, Utah (Corner Canyon) 8/3/1999 (age 21.74) #1 BACKGROUND: Zachary “Zach” Wilson, who is one of six kids, grew up in Draper (20 miles south of Salt Lake City) playing a handful of different sports, but focused on basketball and football where he was coached by his father. He attended Jordan High as a freshman before transferring to Corner Canyon High School and lettered in track, football and basketball. Wilson posted 2,708 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, adding 539 rushing yards. As a senior, he finished runner-up for Mr. Football in Utah with 2,986 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, and led the team in rushing with 752 yards and eight touchdowns. Wilson was named 5A MVP and First Team All-State, and led Corner Canyon to an 11-1 record and the 2017 5A regional championship despite a nagging ankle injury. He was the starting point guard on the basketball team as a sophomore and junior. He did not play basketball as a senior. A three-star recruit out of high school, Wilson was the No. 38 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class and the No. 13 recruit in the state of Utah. Growing up in a family of die-hard Utah fans (his mother, Lisa, attended Utah and her family has had season tickets for over 40 years), he hoped to play for the Utes, but they never offered because they received an early commitment from top recruit Jack Tuttle and only had room for one quarterback. Wilson committed to Boise State the summer prior to his senior season after attending the Broncos’ camp. However, his standout senior season earned him late offers from programs like BYU, Iowa and Minnesota and Wilson flipped to the Cougars. He enrolled in January 2018. His father (Michael), who grew up in Hawaii, was a defensive lineman at Utah (1992-95) before multiple knee injuries (and seven surgeries) ended his career. His younger brother (Josh) is a rising sophomore linebacker at BYU. His maternal grandfather (Gary Neeleman) threw shot put at Utah. His uncle (Stephen Neeleman) played football at Utah State. His uncle (David Neeleman) founded JetBlue Airways. Wilson takes medication for ADHD. He elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. YEAR (GP/GS) CP-ATT CP% YDS TD INT CAR YDS AVG TD NOTES 2018: (9/7) 120-182 65.9 1,578 12 3 75 221 2.9 2 Youngest quarterback to start in school history (19 years, two months) 2019: (9/9) 199-319 62.4 2,382 11 9 67 167 2.5 3 Missed four games due to thumb injury; Bowl game MVP 2020: (12/12) 247-336 73.5 3,692 33 3 70 254 3.6 10 First Team All-Independent; Team captain; School-record 73.5% completions Total: (30/28) 566-837 67.6 7,652 56 15 212 642 3.0 15 HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled) PRO DAY 6021 214 30 5/8 9 1/2 74 1/4 - - - - - - - - (position drills only – choice) STRENGTHS: Outstanding foot quickness and mobility, which buys extra time…quick compact delivery to get the ball up and gone…excellent zip on his passes and uses various arm angles…throws well on the move and doesn’t require a firm base with his ability to generate torque from his hips…naturally accurate with an understanding of ball placement and downfield touch…quick-thinking decision-maker and efficiently locates defenders to reload and get to his next target…excellent field awareness and improvising skills…responsible for only three turnovers (three interceptions, zero fumbles lost) in 2020…named a team captain a few games into his junior season and his teammates enjoy playing for him due to his competitive nature and moxie…ranked top-three nationally in several passing categories in 2020, including yards (3,692), touchdowns (33), completion percentage (73.5%), yards per pass attempt (11.0) and points responsible for (264). WEAKNESSES: Narrow frame and lacks an ideal build…plays in overdrive and needs to stay within himself…prematurely bails from the pocket at times and needs to better identify pressures before and after the snap…allows his mechanics to get wild and doesn’t consistently drive off his back foot…has fumbled seven times the past two seasons…his average body type leads to durability questions…underwent labrum surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder (January 2019) to repair an injury from high school and missed 2019 spring practices; missed four games as a sophomore due to a broken right thumb (September 2019) that required surgery…didn’t face a Power-5 opponent on his 2020 tape and benefited from a strong run game and offensive line. SUMMARY: A three-year starter at BYU, Wilson was productive in former offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes’ RPO-based, heavy play-action scheme. He did a little bit of everything, including traditional-I, five-wide and option plays. Although the competition was underwhelming, he produced dynamic tape in 2020 and broke Steve Young’s BYU record for single-season completion percentage (73.5) while accounting for 43 total touchdowns. A quick-minded player, Wilson competes with the creativity and ball-handling skills to make plays as a passer. He shows a natural feel for placement and touch. While he can be quick to bail and allow his mechanics to break down, he thrives moving the pocket and improvising. Overall, Wilson doesn’t have an ideal body type, but his natural accuracy, off-platform skills and ability to make great spontaneous decisions translate to any level of football. He will compete for NFL starting reps as a rookie. G

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