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BYU Quarterback Zach Wilson Angles to Be 49ers' Top Draft Pick

Jason Schandl
Zach Wilson seems interested in being selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Zach Wilson seems interested in being selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL Draft class is loaded with strong quarterback prospects, and that extends well beyond the clear top-two of Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields.

One of those prospects is BYU signal-caller Zach Wilson. The San Francisco 49ers could reportedly be looking to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, and Wilson seems to be angling for a shot at Garoppolo's job.

It's not hard to see why an incoming NFL QB would want to land in San Fran.

This team is just one year removed from a Super Bowl appearance. The offense is loaded with young weapons like George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert and Brandon Aiyuk. Kyle Shanahan is an elite offensive mind, seemingly able to maximize any player's potential.

And on the other side of the coin, Wilson could be an exciting add for Niners fans —
he's a young prospect, not turning 22 until August, and he started 30 games at BYU.

Wilson made a real leap in 2020, completing a stellar 73.5% of his 336 pass attempts, racking up 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns to go with just 3 picks. His 12.6 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) were good for No. 3 in the nation, and he also added 10 scores and 254 yards on the ground.

The ultimate question may not be whether Wilson's interest in the 49ers is mutual, but whether he'll even still be on the board when the 49ers are up with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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