Jets potential draft target Zach Wilson says goal of Pro Day was to 'show what makes me different'

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Zach Wilson Zoom Pro Day
Zach Wilson Zoom Pro Day

Top NFL Draft prospect QB Zach Wilson threw on Friday at his BYU Pro Day in front of scouts and coaches from all over, including the Jets who own the No. 2 pick in April's draft.

New York is faced with a big decision to make in the coming weeks, as QB Sam Darnold's future remains up in the air, especially after multiple trades around the league on Friday. Wilson spoke to reporters via Zoom to discuss what he felt today's goal was and how he performed.

"The goal of today was to kind of show what makes me different, type of throws that I can make that I feel other guys don't practice and don't try and do," Wilson said. "So that was the goal of today, to be able to show what makes me different.

"Yeah, I just think the game of football is changing, especially the quarterback position. You want someone that's athletic and mobile in the pocket, and can make all the throws but also extend and make things from different angels and different things like that. So it was good to work some of that today."

Wilson was seen talking to Jets GM Joe Douglas after throwing and was asked about his interactions with the team during the draft process.

"Great staff, love those guys," Wilson said. "Joe Douglas is a great guy, it was good to see him out here. They got a good thing going. My Zoom interactions with them has just kind of been like any other team, trying to go through, they just try to pick your brain, see what you're about, the way you process things, and all that kind of stuff. So it's been good."

The 21-year-old from Draper, Utah spoke about visiting New York with BYU for a foundation, and mentioned he's prepared to go to any franchise that selects him.

"New York is a great spot, I got family around that area," Wilson said. "I've been there a couple times, BYU used to do a foundation out there, so we were able to go and visit. I'd be happy to play with any team that drafts me."

There are plenty of top quarterbacks available in this years class for teams to draft, as a a handful have been rumored to go in the first round. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence is the presumed No. 1 pick by Jacksonville, and then Wilson is mixed in with Ohio State's Justin Fields, Alabama's Mac Jones, and North Dakota State's Trey Lance.

Wilson gave his thoughts on the other quarterbacks in the draft and what he's done to separate himself from the pack.

"Yeah there's a lot of good ones," Wilson said. "For sure, this draft is full of good players, lot of good quarterbacks that I've worked with in California as well. Something I feel like that separates me, just my passion for the game. I really put a lot of time into what I do, and throughout all the years and stuff, I've really dedicated my life to football. It's crazy, when people try to ask me what I do outside football, football is really my life, it's like everything I got going on. Somebody that can extend plays, somebody that can make something happen outside of the offense when things break down is something I take a lot of pride in."