PROVO, Utah – Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson will be in the green room for the 2021 NFL draft in Cleveland. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and later confirmed by KSL Sports.
Wilson is the first former BYU player in the green room at an NFL draft since Ziggy Ansah in 2013. Ansah’s wait in the room wasn’t long as he was selected No. 5 overall to the Detroit Lions. Wilson’s wait is expected to be shorter.
Zach Wilson will be in attendance at the 2021 NFL Draft
Heading into the NFL draft, Wilson is a favorite to be selected by the New York Jets with their No. 2 overall pick. After a season where he tossed 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions, Wilson had an impressive Pro Day performance throwing the football in front of NFL GMs, head coaches, and league personnel.
If Wilson does go No. 2 overall, he would be the highest selected player out of the BYU Football program. The previous high was Ansah and Jim McMahon in 1982 at No. 5.
Other notables expected to be in attendance at the 2021 NFL draft include Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and North Dakota State signal-caller Trey Lance. Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver Devonta Smith from Alabama will also be in attendance.
Projected No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence declined an invitation to attend the 2021 NFL draft.
This will be the first year with a green room at the draft since 2019. Last year’s event took place virtually amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 NFL draft takes place from April 29th to May 1st in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be set across prominent downtown Cleveland locations, including FirstEnergy Stadium (home of the Browns), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.
All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN, and ABC.
NFL Draft 2021 Green Room Attendees
QB Zach Wilson, BYU
QB Mac Jones, Alabama
QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
WR Devonta Smith, Alabama
TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (Fla.)
LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
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.