When it comes to scouting potential NFL talent, everybody has different methods of assessing prospects. Some like to do things by the book, while others may have a more unorthodox way of getting it done. New York Jets coach Robert Saleh falls into the second category.
In a recent ESPN article talking about 2021 2nd overall pick Zach Wilson's path to getting drafted by the Jets, reporter Rich Cimini described an outside-the-box method that Saleh used to literally size up the quarterback.
Apparently, the Jets coach ran into one of his former players, linebacker Fred Warner, while watching Wilson showcase his skills. Saleh then told Warner to go and hug the BYU signal-caller to get a better idea of his upper body size.
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It was reported that one of the reasons Saleh came up with this hilarious idea was because people said that Wilson had narrow shoulders. When Warner reported back to the Jets' coach, he said that his size reminded him of Kansas City Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes. Now, there's no guarantee that Wilson will have a career as good as Mahomes has been having so far, but having his size would put him one step in the right direction. After all, the Jets' new starting QB is just 21 years old and has time to add weight to his frame.
Besides, Wilson has already showcased that he has the raw talent to likely succeed at the NFL level. Through three seasons with the BYU Cougars, he threw for 7,652 yards and 56 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. He was also occasionally involved in the run game, as seen by his 10 rushing scores in 2020 alone.
At the end of the day, there's still a lot of time before the Jets know what they have on their hands when it comes to Wilson. One thing is for sure, though – if Saleh's hilarious scouting method pays off, we might have to start adding "genius" to the list of his accolades.
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