The Jets are already embracing their next quarterback in the franchise – figuratively and literally.
BYU passer Zach Wilson was selected No.2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, becoming New York’s next best prospect to solve his longtime quarterback conundrum. Wilson, however, was not without his drafty warts.
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Wilson’s height and weight had become a topic of conversation before the project. While his measurable values were about average (6-2, 214 pounds), his slender figure gave some analysts and reviewers cause for pause.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports the Jets had a solution to determining Wilson’s height: On BYU Pro Day, the Jets asked 49ers linebacker and BYU alumnus Fred Warner to give Zach Wilson a hug so the Jets could get a better idea of how tall the quarterback was and how he measured up.
Warner was there to support Wilson and the rest of the Cougars trying to make their case with every NFL team there that day. It also served as a human measuring stick.
Hey Fred, can you go hug Zach real quick?
The first team All-Pro forced their former defensive coordinator and in doing so helped Saleh, GM Joe Douglas and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur put the final piece in place for the Jets to make the decision of what to do with him. must do with the second choice. The 6-3, 230-pound Warner is roughly the same height as Patrick Mahomes, and as he approached Wilson, who had been faced with questions about his height, the Jets’ brass could do it. see.
After the hug (and the clean medical reports), the Jets were more comfortable with Wilson and feel he could add some weight to thicken his frame from 2021.
While Wilson may be smaller compared to the other quarterbacks selected in the first round, one thing is unmistakably big, and that’s his arm: Wilson put on a show at BYU’s pro day and several games throughout. of his college career, culminating in a Season of 33 touchdowns and three interceptions with the Cougars in 2020.
The question remains though: would things have worked out any differently if someone had given Sam Darnold a hug?