Zach Wilson’s demise in 2022 coincided with the rise of Justin Fields. For every Wilson miss, there’s an impressive pass or a Fields explosive run, and that disparity causes many to look back at the 2021 draft and wonder, “How the hell did that happen? Fields went from unanimous 2nd quarterback to 11th pick, while Wilson went from unknown to second overall pick? These guys always go back to Zach Wilson’s pro days, more specifically this throw.
As the tweet above aptly states, NFL fans believe this was the pitch that essentially fooled the teams into thinking Wilson deserved to be picked in the top three. In turn, when Wilson lifted the board, Fields fell, and that shot caused Fields to fall. Both of those statements are utter falsehoods.
Wilson’s pro day comes in March 2021. If that pitch had had such a dramatic impact on Wilson’s draft, then certainly, he wouldn’t have been considered one of the three picks. top pick before that perfect throw, right?
This is a FEMALE NFL.com mock draft from February 2021 predicts Wilson will be second overall. This is a word ProfessionalSoccerNetwork with Wilson in second place. America today, sports athlete, Haus . game, Sports Illustratedand Professional football spotlight – all with Wilson runner-up overall in mid-February – more than a month before Wilson made the aforementioned shot. The Jets had their eye on Wilson long before they were allegedly fooled by his incredible Pro Day. At most, Pro Day reinforced their decision to pick Wilson with a second overall pick, but they clearly didn’t make that decision.
However, the Zach Wilson disaster left many NFL fans nervous ahead of the 2023 draft, worried that many teams would fail on a great Professional Day from unproven college quarterbacks—especially Will. Levis of Kentucky and Anthony Richardson of Florida. However, these are very different situations. As Wilson became a solid first-round pick during his final college season, both Levis and Richardson were seen by many as first-round talents years before 2022.
this is a Bleacher Report’s 2023 mock draft from before the start of the college football season. Both Levis (eighth prediction) and Richardson (21st guess) are predicted to advance in the first round. America today had Richardson in sixth overall and Levis in 21. Before the college football season, both of these men were highly regarded by most draft analysts. That is not the case for Wilson.
this is a Fake draft “too early” 2021 from NBC Sports. Do you see Wilson’s name anywhere? What about in this? Bleacher Report’s fake manuscript? Sports Illustrated? Is not. Wilson is not found on any of these lists. Wilson used the shroud of the COVID 2020 season to convince scouts that he was a born improviser with a talent for using his arms to make up for his lack of athleticism. BYU has underperformed – with only two games against ranked opponents and the team drew 1-1 in those games – dominating the likes of Western Kentucky and Troy. That’s not the case for 2022 Kentucky or Florida.
As is the case with any argument, there are bound to be differences. Most people predicted Joe Burrow wouldn’t be drafted before the 2020 draft. He finished arguably the greatest season in college football history and finished first overall, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to with the Super Bowl in just its second season. However, not only should exceptions never be the basis for a counter-argument, but there’s also the difference between Burrow leading LSU to an undefeated season where he knocked out Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence, and Wilson led BYU 11-1 the season where the best quarterback he beat was… Boise State’s Cade Fennegan, who replaced Hank Bachmeier against BYU? Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall, who beat Wilson’s Cougars by pitching only 15 times?
Apparently, hindsight is 20/20. Everyone was fooled by Wilson, including me. At the same time, however, Wilson’s poor career trajectory is generating an overreaction from fans who compare him to up-and-coming prospects who have taken wildly different paths to reach. get first place. You might be worried about Levis and Richardson. If you don’t like Levis because of concerns about his deep ball accuracy or his tendency to pocket too early, great! If you don’t like Richardson because of his poor decision making or inconsistent mechanics, give you the power! If you don’t like either because their college careers mirrored Zach Wilson… I don’t know how you came to that conclusion.
As for Justin Fields, Wilson had nothing to do with his fall. Fields is said to be the consensus #2 pick. Remember, there was another quarterback made against Fields in Trey Lance. There are several factors at play, the least of which is the rise of Wilson. Why did the Fields fall? I can’t tell you, but I maybe tell you almost certainly that Wilson is not the reason.
With a bad start to Wilson’s career, many fans are hoping their team will avoid the same bad fate with the fully loaded midfield class of 2023. That said, the comparisons that one This number of midfielders facing Wilson is unfounded. While there may be some similarities, there are also many differences that stand out. Stop looking for reasons not to like these QBs because prospects are based on off-field similarity. That’s not a winning combo.