Still, there was plenty to discuss from the week that was — plus, some bigger-picture observations about how the 2021 NFL draft class is shaping up. It’s difficult to put too much stock into his opponents when he’s making plays like this, seeing the field like this, and showing pocket movement like this. All three were shockingly good plays, too. Considering all the questions surrounding North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, the biggest wild-card in this year’s quarterback class, it wouldn’t be a shock if Wilson’s body of work this season allows him to take over that No. Oklahoma’s Kennedy Brooks and Memphis’ Kenneth Gainwell both opted out this season, too. The Chicago Bears select BYU quarterback Zach Wilson in the first round of this 2021 NFL mock draft (Photo by Rick Bowmer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY NETWORK). Get the latest odds, analysis, and insights at Yahoo Sportsbook. Even with a near upset at Clemson and a shootout between Texas and Oklahoma State, it was a fairly mundane week from a draft-prospect perspective. If that coach can do that, Wilson is going to move the needle for someone at the pro level. Then Trey Lance joined the conversation and rightfully so. Three ended up in the end zone. But as the COVID-altered college football season has gotten rolling, something has transpired. But given the card that each player has been dealt this season and with how Wilson continues to seize the moment, the writing is on the wall that his resume is going to be more appealing for NFL evaluators come the spring. That’s a bit concerning, as most players rebound more quickly from that type of injury these days. Pro Football Focus credited three drops in the game, and two of them were potentially huge gains. He’s an atypical quarterback who could be resigned to a specialist or backup role in the NFL. https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2020/11/07/zach-wilson-byu-nfl-draft-college-football/, Without Trevor Lawrence, Clemson falls to Notre Dame in overtime, Ohio State QB Justin Fields carves up Rutgers in blowout win, Florida QB Kyle Trask makes SEC history in big win over Georgia, Zac Taylor's expectations for Joe Burrow over 2nd half of rookie season, Packers place 1st-round pick Jordan Love on Reserve/COVID-19 list, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. At this point, we have six quarterbacks that have crept into the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in the forthcoming mock. For the second straight game, Darrisaw pitched a shutout in terms of sacks and pressures allowed, keeping Louisville’s rushers out of the backfield. Even more impressive? Please check your email for a confirmation. He’s expected to declare for 2021 but will face questions about his reported tension with Mike Leach and the Bulldogs coaching staff there. And it’s not due to the fact that Justin Fields has shown poorly because in Ohio State’s season opener, he was terrific. Enter Brigham Young quarterback Zach Wilson. Even with a few pressures allowed before that in games against North Carolina and Boston College, he hasn’t allowed a QB hit or sack this season. Doug Marrone himself said the Jags’ defenders needed to get their hands on more balls earlier in the year. 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And whoever ends up getting their hands on Wilson will be tasked with finding the right balance of his brilliant creativity for the position and staying married to fundamentals and core principles of the position. Despite the Jags and Texans' record, this one could be entertaining as the Texans have the No. But Wilson's passed former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance for me, personally. Photo: Rick Bowmer-USA TODAY Sports. His exact skillset is what teams are searching for at the quarterback position to … Incomplete but lol who cares pic.twitter.com/IkwfvLk3hz. Zach Wilson has silently evolved into one of the best passers in college football and fits the exact athletic mold every NFL team vies for, a star to be? On Saturday, Wilson turned in his statistically worst game of the season — 18 of 32 passing (56.3 percent) for 224 yards, with three TDs and his first interception since the season-opening game. And while it’s hard to pin any of those five sacks squarely on Ehlinger, he was unimpressive in this game when dealing with pressure — consistent with most of his senior season. On the last one, Snowden dropped into coverage and green-dog blitzed when Howell flushed out of the pocket. Oregon’s Penei Sewell is a phenomenal talent. The NFL draft process is a long, labored one and there are plenty of opportunities for prospects to build themselves momentum to roll up draft boards. The Seminoles’ best defensive piece, in our opinion, has been missing all season, still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered late last year. If you were looking for the fastest-rising quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL draft class, your search can stop with BYU’s Zach Wilson. The sacks knocked QB Sam Howell back 13 yards combined, and the Tar Heels had to settle for a 51-yard field goal. His unusual build — tall but with room to grow — will lead to some interesting debates on how to employ him at the NFL level. Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill, after a brilliant 2020 debut against LSU, has opted out. As is typically the case, emerging players can drastically shake up preseason position rankings, even if they come from nowhere. 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Zach Wilson has been tearing it up this year. Ossai was dealing with a shoulder injury that he’d suffered the week before and had to wear a brace in this one. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Snowden spoiled Virginia’s supper with 10 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble on the last one. 2021 NFL Draft TDN100: 5 Biggest October Risers, 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3. It’s hard not to see a little Aaron Rodgers in that release. New 2021 NFL mock draft as six teams take quarterbacks in the first round. And though there were NFL scouts who rated Lance with a higher grade this summer than Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Fields’ tremendous start for the Buckeyes likely will change that for many. (Pick via Texans) – The talk of the Dolphins evaluating Tua Tagovailoa so they could potentially draft a quarterback seems far-fetched to me. He's the one who has played (and dominated) more recently, as Lance played just one game this season before declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic's upheaval of college football. Ossai also recovered a fumble at the end of regulation, and on one of those first-half sacks, he dislodged the ball — and that turnover led to a critical Texas field goal right before the half. Here’s the first TD — count the missed tackles: Can’t stop @0fficialC2N‼️#GoGators : SEC Network Alternate pic.twitter.com/6zdlBtxQ2B. His hopes of improving draft grades in the third- and fourth-round range are starting to fade. The Jacksonville Jaguars made several roster transactions on defense by elevating multiple players from their practice squad for Week 9's game against the Houston Texans. So without further ado, let’s go over the best landing spots for quarterback Zach Wilson. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on NFL Mocks and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Two of the sacks came on back-to-back plays with UNC driving, up 10-6 early. With apologies to Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Alabama’s Najee Harris, we’re starting to sour a bit on an RB class that we were darned excited about coming into the season. He has put himself in the 1st round mix, but tonight vs. Boise State will be the toughest test of the season. Remind you of anyone? (Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports). That isn't to say his process is perfect. Because if there’s one thing that has become clear by Week 9 of the 2020 season, it’s that there is a hefty need for quarterbacks throughout the league. Zach Wilson grew up as a huge fan of Utah where his father Mike played. In six games, Wilson is completing over 78 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns, just one interception, and six rushing touchdowns. Granted, if he’s awful down the stretch, maybe it becomes a conversation. By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's Terms and Privacy Policy. Wilson’s draft stock has slowly crept in the right direction throughout the 2020 college football season, and after a huge performance in a dominant win over Boise State, he’s now entrenched himself in the first-round conversation. He has also played with more of an attacking mentality this season, which appears to be going a long way toward improving his draft forecast. He participated in five games in 2019 as a rookie and was able to garner three tackles on the season. Get used to it — Wilson is an elite quarterback prospect. This year, he’s also been very accurate with a 75% completion rate (165-of-220) for 2,511 yards, 21 touchdowns, and two picks. https://t.co/Dn6G3jlmDM, — Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 7, 2020. But for now, the potential first-round receiver is being hurt by his absence. So the influx of quality prospects after the surefire top three players makes constructing a 2021 NFL mock draft more interesting. Ehlinger has taken a beating this season, and it appears to be affecting his performance. Zach Wilson almost ended up at Boise State, but BYU head coach Kalani Sitake was relentless in his pursuit of Wilson. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. And for as gifted as Lance's arm is, Wilson's surgically-repaired shoulder is just as impressive this season. Wilson continued his potential Heisman finalist campaign with another dominant performance and three or four more throws that will simply make your eyeballs fall out. 2021 NFL Draft: Why BYU's Zach Wilson Is Officially Top-3 QB By: Kyle Crabbs November 7th, 2020 2020-11-07T08:30:28-06:00 The Draft Network. Your privacy is safe with us. 2 overall based on the simulations by their Football Power Index, something a lot of fans are hoping for. (Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports), Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) has been beaten up this season. 2, Toney burned a Mizzou DB in zone coverage. Despite the fact that Trevor Lawrence won’t be available for Clemson’s biggest regular-season game of the year against Notre Dame, his stock for the 2021 NFL Draft hasn’t changed. In 2019, it was LSU’s Joe Burrow, who went from decent starter in the SEC to arguably the single-best season for a quarterback in college football history, en route to the Cincinnati Bengals with the number one pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. His physique looks more defined, and he can handle the Percy Harvin-type role better as a hybrid runner-receiver-returner.

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