My Scouting Report for Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson

Team : BYU Cougars (FB) | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : myles.whitmore . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
Arm strength is one of his biggest strengths. A few of his passes lobbed through the air outside the numbers vs. Boise State. Nevertheless, the kid can deliver the football with tons of velocity between the numbers.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
He gives his receivers accurate passes to gain yardage after the catch. Wilson's is comfortable checking the ball down when necessary and can deliver the ball well at this range on the run.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
Wilson delivers some incredible passes to this level of the field due to solid field vision. However, he tends to trust his arm strength too much and fire some risky passes at the intermediate level of the field.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Zach Wilson has enough arm strength and touch to complete any pass down the field. However, his tendency to throw into double and triple coverage impacts his accuracy at this level of the field.
Pocket Presence
Wilson's mobility gives him the ability to escape pressure to extend plays. However, he sometimes fails to sense pressure on his right side and can hold onto the ball too long.
Zach Wilson has above average mobility for a QB. His combination of freakish athleticism and decent speed makes him a dual-threat QB with the ability to throw well on the run.
Wilson does a good job going through his progressions and finding his receiver quickly. He sometimes predetermined his reads, but that's due to his pre-snap reads to find favorable matchups. He does a great job refraining from staring down his receivers and moving safeties with his eyes.
Wilson has an excellent throwing motion and can deliver the ball at any arm angle. He knows how to flip his hips and has a flawless release on the run. However, like many strong-armed young QBs, Wilson relies on his arm strength rather than solid mechanics under pressure.
Wilson suffered a thumb and shoulder injury that hindered his sophomore season.
Wilson has been praised as a good leader by his coach AND the basketball coach at BYU.
Game Management
Zach Wilson extends drives and is efficient on third down. He distributes the ball well but is too much of a gunslinger to be considered a game manager.
Zach Wilson is a gunslinger who will test blanketed coverage at will. He is the riskiest decision-maker of his potential 2021 draft class and will pass into double coverage whenever. He has the arm strength to covert tight-window passes, but he misses defenders in passing lanes and will need to settle down at the next level.
Zach Wilson stands tall at 6'3" but should bulk up a bit if he is going to be a dual-threat QB in the NFL.
Wilson has some wheels and is projected to run a 4.8 40-yard dash by
Play-Making Ability
Zach Wilson is a big-play threat at any point of a football game. He has the confidence and arm talent to complete any pass against tight coverage, against blitzes, and on the run. He also has the mobility necessary to harass defenses at the pro level.
Zach Wilson is one of the most productive QBs in the NCAA this season. He is posting 2,700+ passing yards, 25 passing TDs, and picked up nearly 200 yards and eight scores on the ground. He is certainly in the Heisman discussion and has a great chance to win it.
Zach Wilson has the poise, work ethic, and IT factor necessary to excel in the NFL. However, he needs to work on his decision-making to become a more polished QB.
No red flags. He is praised for his leadership, work ethic, and commitment to improving. This improvement is on full display when you compare his 2019 game film to his 2020 game film.
Zach Wilson was inconsistent during his first two seasons at BYU. Part of this was due to injuries and getting acclimated to the college game. However, due to his work ethic and commitment to excellence, Wilson has transformed into a QB who has consistently shredded defenses this season.
Arm strength is one of Zach Wilson's biggest strengths. Wilson can deliver the football with tons of velocity between the numbers and force completions into tight-window coverage. Wilson does a good job going through his progressions and finding his receiver quickly. His pre-game preparation and attention to detail help him make great pre-snap reads to locate favorable matchups. Furthermore, he does a great job refraining from staring down his receivers and moving safeties with his eyes. Due to Wilson's combination of freakish athleticism and decent speed he is a dual-threat QB who can create big-plays through the air and on the ground.
The biggest weakness in Wilson's game is his decision making. While he is a gunslinger who shreds tight-coverage, he over relies on his arm strength and regularly tests double coverage. Furthermore, Wilson needs to work on feeling pressure in the pocket. Despite his escapability, Wilson sometimes fails to recognize pressure coming from his right side, leading to blindside sacks. Lastly, Zach Wilson needs to bulk up his lean frame, especially since he was coming off thumb and shoulder injuries in 2019.
Overall Analysis
Zach Wilson should declare for the NFL draft because he is definitely a top ten prospect. He has the arm strength, big-play ability, and mobility necessary to be the league's next best dual-threat quarterback. However, despite his stellar season so far, Wilson is far from a polished prospect and is still prone to volatile play. Therefore, he will need to sit a few games and learn how to be a better decision-maker before he gets the nod to start in the NFL. However, an offensive genius like Eric Joe Brady or Eric Bieniemy could turn him into a star with excellent play-calling and a tremendous scheme.
Compares to
Jordan Love
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak