Very few quarterbacks have had a rise as prolific as Zach Wilson ahead of an NFL draft. The BYU signal-caller emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in college football this past season and is now expected to be a top-five pick during the 2021 NFL draft.
The San Francisco 49ers traded up to the No. 3 overall pick ahead of the 2021 NFL draft and will likely use it to pick a quarterback. While this year's quarterback class is strong, with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields leading the way, the 49ers would be smart to grab Wilson with the third pick.
Here are three reasons the 49ers should draft Zach Wilson:
Why the 49ers should draft Zach Wilson
#1 - He rarely makes mistakes
Fans and analysts may look at Wilson's 33 passing touchdowns this past season and focus on that stat, but it doesn't tell the whole story.
One of Wilson's best traits is that he doesn't make many mistakes. He only threw 15 interceptions during his three-year college career. Many college quarterbacks throw more in a single season.
During his sensational 2020 season, Wilson threw just three interceptions, which is amazing, and it should definitely help the 49ers' decision to pull the trigger on drafting him.
#2 - Wilson is a great dual-threat QB
Coaches in the NFL have magnetized toward mobile quarterbacks as they elevate an offense with their ability to both throw and run the ball effectively.
That perfectly describes Zach Wilson. Not only is he a great passer, but he is also an opportunistic scrambler who can make defenders miss in the open field if a play breaks down or even on designed runs.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan seems to prefer pocket-passers, but that doesn't mean he can't switch it up and mold his offense around Wilson.
#3 - Wilson has suffered very little wear and tear
One key concern for some quarterbacks coming out of college is their durability and longevity. If they've had a long, arduous college career, can they be trusted to play under center in the NFL for a decade or longer?
That shouldn't be a concern for Wilson. He only started three seasons at BYU and is just 21-years-old. He's taken fewer hits than other longtime college starters. Even when facing pressure, Wilson usually made the right passes, eliminating any concern of his decision-making against good pass rushers.
Wilson is young and fresh, and the 49ers would do well to draft and position him as their long-term quarterback.