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How BYU’s Zach Wilson Stacks Up Against Other Potential 2021 NFL Draft Quarterbacks

Nov 7, 2020, 5:30 PM | Updated: 9:43 pm
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Zach Wilson #1 of the BYU Cougars celebrates after the game against the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 16, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – BYU quarterback Zach Wilson entered the 2021 NFL Draft conversation with his play throughout the Cougars’ 8-0 start to the season.

On Friday, November 6, Wilson led BYU to a dominant 51-17 road victory over the No. 21 Boise State Broncos.

With only two games left on the Cougars’ schedule, many college football experts believe that Wilson and BYU will close the regular season at 10-0 with a chance to play in New Year’s Six bowl game.

Along with that potential postseason, professional football experts have shot Wilson up their mock drafts and believe he is a first round selection in April’s 2021 NFL Draft.

With that said, how does Wilson stack up against other college football quarterbacks in this year’s class of draftable players?

Stats updated through games played on Saturday, November 7.

Zach Wilson – BYU Cougars

Class: Junior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 210 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 75.0

Passing yards: 2,511

Passing touchdowns: 21

Interceptions: 2

Quarterback Rating: 200.6

Rushing yards: 158

Rushing touchdowns: 8

Team’s current record: 8-0

Team’s current ranking: 9

Trevor Lawrence – Clemson Tigers

Class: Junior

Height: 6-6

Weight: 220 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 70.7

Passing yards: 1,833

Passing touchdowns: 17

Interceptions: 2

Quarterback Rating: 178.6

Rushing yards: 71

Rushing touchdowns: 4

Team’s current record: 7-1

Team’s current ranking: 1

Justin Fields – Ohio State Buckeyes

Class: Junior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 228 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 86.7

Passing yards: 908

Passing touchdowns: 11

Interceptions: 0

Quarterback Rating: 214.0 (excludes game on Saturday, November 7)

Rushing yards: 57

Rushing touchdowns: 2

Team’s current record: 3-0

Team’s current ranking: 3

Trey Lance – North Dakota State Bison

Class: Sophomore

Height: 6-3

Weight: 226 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 50.0

Passing yards: 149

Passing touchdowns: 2

Interceptions: 1

Quarterback Rating: 107.1

Rushing yards: 143

Rushing touchdowns: 2

Team’s current record: 1-0

Team’s current ranking: NR

Kellen Mond – Texas A&M Aggies

Class: Senior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 217 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 64.3

Passing yards: 1,468

Passing touchdowns: 16

Interceptions: 2

Quarterback Rating: 154.5 (excludes game on Saturday, November 7)

Rushing yards: 78. 34

Rushing touchdowns: 1

Team’s current record: 4-1

Team’s current ranking: 7

Brock Purdy – Iowa State Cyclones

Class: Junior

Height: 6-1

Weight: 212 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 62.2

Passing yards: 1,477

Passing touchdowns: 10

Interceptions: 6

Quarterback Rating: 128.2 (excludes game on Saturday, November 7)

Rushing yards: 194

Rushing touchdowns: 3

Team’s current record: 5-2

Team’s current ranking: 17

Kyle Trask – Florida Gators

Class: Senior

Height: 6-5

Weight: 240 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 68.3

Passing yards: 1,815

Passing touchdowns: 22

Interceptions: 3

Quarterback Rating: 189.2 (excludes game on Saturday, November 7)

Rushing yards: 70

Rushing touchdowns: 0

Team’s current record: 4-1

Team’s current ranking: 8

Sam Ehlinger – Texas Longhorns

Class: Senior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 225 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 58.8

Passing yards: 1,834

Passing touchdowns: 22

Interceptions: 5

Quarterback Rating: 149.1 (excludes game on Saturday, November 7)

Rushing yards: 323

Rushing touchdowns: 7

Team’s current record: 5-2

Team’s current ranking: 22

D’Eriq King – Miami Hurricanes

Class: Senior

Height: 5-11

Weight: 202 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 63.8

Passing yards: 1,831

Passing touchdowns: 16

Interceptions: 4

Quarterback Rating: 152.5

Rushing yards: 406

Rushing touchdowns: 2

Team’s current record: 6-1

Team’s current ranking: 11

Shane Buechele – SMU Mustangs

Class: Senior

Height: 6-1

Weight: 207 lbs.

2020 Stats

Completion percentage: 66.5

Passing yards: 2,581

Passing touchdowns: 20

Interceptions: 3

Quarterback Rating: 160.2 (excludes game on Saturday, November 7)

Rushing yards: 87

Rushing touchdowns: 1

Team’s current record: 7-1

Team’s current ranking: 18


Wilson and BYU’s next game is against North Alabama on November 21 at 1:00 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on BYUtv and KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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