SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Zach Wilson going to the New York Jets at the No. 2 overall pick had media personalities like Skip Bayless, and social media influencers buzzing on Thursday night. Here’s a roundup of some of the notable reactions from the former BYU star being drafted by the J-E-T-S.
The Jets should take Justin Fields. He’s ready to play next year and will be better than Zach Wilson. No idea why the Jets locked in so early on Wilson.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson looks like he’s 14.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson better keep wearing the Jumpman headband pic.twitter.com/rWeW0qSppb
— Tate Frazier (@tatefrazier) April 30, 2021
Congrats to Zach Wilson. The future is promising.
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson & Corey Davis will be one of the more underrated QB-WR connections of 2021.
— SN’s Vinnie Iyer (@vinnieiyer) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson is the 3rd BYU QB selected in the 1st round, joining Jim McMahon (5th overall to the Bears in 1982) and Marc Wilson (15th to the Raiders in 1980 #NFLDraft2021
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) April 30, 2021
Picking Zach Wilson over Justin Fields feels like the Detroit Pistons drafting Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony #NFLDraft
— Josh Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson is going to the Big Apple 🍎
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 30, 2021
Loved Zach Wilson all year long.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) April 30, 2021
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) April 30, 2021
Another new era at QB begins now for the @nyjets…
They really love Zach Wilson…now Joe Douglas has his guy…
Can’t wait to watch him play…
— Bob Wischusen (@espnbob) April 30, 2021
In 2009, the Jets went to the AFC Championship Game with a defensive-minded rookie head coach (Rex Ryan) and rookie QB (Mark Sanchez).
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaSports) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson is going to look stellar on Billboards on NY!! That’s a smile for you right there
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 30, 2021
In fairness to Zach Wilson, he’s not really “in the Big Apple now.” He’s in Florham Park, NJ and the Meadowlands eight times a year. He’ll be fine.
— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) April 30, 2021
— John Breech (@johnbreech) April 30, 2021
With Zach Wilson the second overall pick by #NYJ, Jets have taken 7 first- or second-round QBs since 2000, 2 more than any other franchise in that span (Broncos, Browns, Dolphins all at 5).
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson to the New York Jets at No. 2 📸 #NFLDraft
Broadway Zach 🤩 pic.twitter.com/2184JTp4G6
— ESPN (@espn) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson looks like the next gen Philip Rivers
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson is going to age like a president.
— Eric Wilbur (@GlobeEricWilbur) April 30, 2021
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) April 30, 2021
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) April 30, 2021
BREAKING: The Jets select BYU QB Zach Wilson with the second pick.
Zach to the future. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 30, 2021
I just hope the Jets do something with Zach Wilson that they didn’t do with Sam Darnold:
Put NFL skilled players around him
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson can throw a ball over the moon🚀pic.twitter.com/3YwGwhcwp9
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2021
Saints play at the Jets in 2021…@PatUnleashed.
TAYSOM HILL AT ZACH WILSON
— Keith Malinak (@KeithMalinak) April 30, 2021
Jets select BYU QB Zach Wilson with the 2nd pick in #NFLDraft
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) April 30, 2021
Alijah Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton got Zach Wilson like pic.twitter.com/FQcap1RVI2
— Marshall Kramsky (@marshallkramsky) April 30, 2021
@nyjets Vera Tucker and last year 1 st round pick Mekhi Becton at left tackle makes off lone look solid. Free agent wr s Corey Davis and Keelan Cole along with Denzel Mims from last years draft.Zach Wilson is smiling.#NFLDraft .Jet fans there is hope
— Phil Simms (@PhilSimmsQB) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson goes from facing Northwest Tech State last season to Belichick, Mcdermott and Flores defense.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson has, in my opinion, has unquestionably the best arm in this draft class. Makes high level throws look routine.
— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) April 30, 2021
#BYU‘s Zach Wilson to the Jets! I played there, tough town. My advice:
1.Write a list of everything needed to succeed on field. Add a couple of outside interests. Exclude everything else for two yrs.
2. You’re more mobile than TB12, but study how he protects himself.#NFLdraft
— Trevor Matich (@TMatich) April 30, 2021
I love me some Zach Wilson. The @nyjets got a quarterback who has the most explosive arm in the draft and a guy with a lot of Rodgers and Mahomes ish qualities. I am excited about him and the fit. Wilson and LaFleur can be a lot like Rodgers and LaFleur
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 30, 2021
— theScore (@theScore) April 30, 2021
I remember this tweet wasn’t too popular at the time I sent it.
Zach Wilson, as a true freshman, came up two yards short of a last second game-winning drive on The Blue in 2018.
— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) April 30, 2021
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 30, 2021
Initial Zach Wilson 2021 projections on the Jets:
3,900 pass yards 23 TD 17 INT
245 rush yards 2 TD
QB32 in projections, probably rank him around 25th
— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) April 30, 2021
Gotta love how fired up #ZachWilson is! For my wife, brother in law, physical therapist, dear friends @chrisfallica @richeisen and all J-E-T-S fans I hope he has a tremendous career. It will make the house more positive on Sundays. Highest drafted NYJ QB ever.
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson’s grandparents have 36 grandchildren.
I bet Namath’s grandparents didn’t have that many.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) April 30, 2021
Congrats Zach Wilson! One of the most fun and personable players I’ve covered.
— Kris Budden (@KrisBudden) April 30, 2021
Along with breaking down how Zach Wilson fits with the New York Jets on the field, social media couldn’t help but discuss Wilson’s looks.
Zach Wilson looks like he invented Kidz Bop #nfldraft
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson is every 80s movie villain pic.twitter.com/9joJiDpGhj
— Matt Kiebus (@mjkiebus) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson looks like the bad guy in every Adam Sandler film.
— Kevin Fippin (@kfippin) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson lookin, smellin, feelin like a million bucks
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) April 30, 2021
I loved Zach Wilson as the little kid in Big Daddy
— Jim Pignatiello (@JPignatiello) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson looks like Nick Carter from BSB
— Towelliee (@towelthetank) April 30, 2021
My fiancee on Zach Wilson: “Why does he look like Dean from The Bachelor”
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson look like a Pokémon master
— Charles James II (@CJDeuce_) April 30, 2021
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson dressed like a character from Wolf of Wall Street
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) April 30, 2021
Zach Wilson gonna get carded all the time in NY
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) April 30, 2021
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.