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ESPN’s Adam Schefter Texts Zach Wilson: ‘Welcome To New York, Officially’

Apr 6, 2021, 11:27 AM | Updated: 2:22 pm

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Quarterback Zach Wilson looks to pass during Brigham Young University football practice in Provo on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter said that he’s already texted former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson to welcome him to New York.

Wilson is currently projected by most mock drafts as the No. 2 pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. The New York Jets currently own that pick.

New York’s need to draft a franchise quarterback increased when the Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers on April 5.

During the April 6 edition of ESPN’s Get Up, Schefter revealed a message he sent to Wilson in response to Mike Greenberg asking if Wilson was a lock to the Jets.

“I sent him a text yesterday. I said, ‘Welcome to New York, Zach, officially,'” Schefter replied, “That’s about as far as I can go right now.”

“Zach Wilson would seem to be the obvious choice at number two. It looks like he is headed to the Jets,” Schefter continued. “You don’t trade Sam Darnold and make that move without knowing that you’re going to pick a quarterback at two. So let’s play it out. Trevor Lawrence is going one to Jacksonville. The Jets are on the clock and they’re going to take Zach Wilson from Brigham Young.”

New York Jets

The Jets traded Darnold a week and half after seeing Wilson throw during BYU’s Pro Day.

On March 26, New York sent its general manager, head coach, and offensive coordinator to Provo to watch Wilson’s Pro Day throwing session.

During the event, Jets GM Joe Douglas and Wilson were seen having a conversation on the field of BYU’s Indoor Practice Facility.

After the Pro Day, Wilson was asked about his interactions with the Jets throughout the draft process.

“Great staff, love those guys. Joe Douglas is a great guy and it was good to see him out here. They got a good thing going,” Wilson said.

After the event, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler received a text from an NFL scout who was in attendance.

“Draft starts at 3. Wilson going 2,” Brugler tweeted of the message he received.

2021 NFL Draft

Wilson will find out which team he’ll play for during the 2021 NFL Draft in April.

The draft is scheduled to be held in Cleveland, Ohio from April 29-May 1. It will broadcast on ESPN and NFL Network.

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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