As part of The Post’s 2021 NFL Draft preview, we examine what the Jets might do at each position. Wednesday: Quarterback.
This one is not what the Jets might do, but what they will do. We all know the Jets have zeroed in on BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2-overall pick.
The Jets will become the first team in the common draft era (since 1967) to draft quarterbacks in the top three within four years of each other. The Jets have been down the first-round quarterback road plenty: Sam Darnold, Mark Sanchez, Chad Pennington, Ken O’Brien and Richard Todd all were selected in the first round over the past 45 years. None of them was able to lead the Jets to a title, though each had varying degrees of success and failure.
Will Wilson be the one to take the Jets to the promised land?
The 21-year-old has had a meteoric rise in the past year. He was competing for the starting job at BYU entering last season. Now, he is about to be the No. 2 pick in the draft. Wilson has a strong arm and quick feet. He completed 73.5 percent of his passes last year and accounted for 43 total touchdowns.
The main question with Wilson is whether it matters that he compiled his big numbers against weak competition. The Cougars played a watered-down schedule last year and did not face one Power Five school. Wilson had plenty of time to throw in many of his games, something Jets quarterbacks have not had in a long time.
Overall, Wilson will be the eighth quarterback the Jets have drafted in the past 10 years. It has been a position that has confounded the Jets for years and a big reason why they have struggled to win games. General manager Joe Douglas is pinning his hopes (and his career) on Wilson.