by Daniel Olsen
This is NFL Mock Draft season. It’s the time of the year when everyone is projecting the order in which top prospects will be selected. Instead of that, it’s time to take a new approach. What if the players got to choose which teams they could play for? Zach Wilson, the number one prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft out of the state of Utah, will hear his name called at some point next month. It will likely be in the first round. It’s time to guess where Zach Wilson would go if given the choice.
1. Loyal to the Royal
It’s apparent that Zach Wilson looks good in royal blue or any blue for that matter. If he were to take team colors into account, this would be his list of NFL blue bloods (teams with some shade of blue in them):
With 14 teams sporting a shade of blue, almost half of the NFL could be an option. The ones that would be the closest to BYU uniforms would be either the Cowboys or Colts. The Colts are strictly royal blue while the Cowboys have navy or royal options. The array of white and team color jerseys could make Wilson look almost as good as he was in a BYU uniform last year.
2. Teams that need a QB
While jersey colors are fun to talk about, they aren’t the main reason to pick a team. The fit in the system from a football perspective matters. There are 11 teams that could use a quarterback next year and five of them wear a shade of blue. Here are the top teams Wilson should want to play for.
- Indianapolis Colts
- New England Patriots
- Denver Broncos
- New York Giants
- Chicago Bears
3. Supporting Cast
Depending on what matters most to Wilson, there are several good options here. He can pick the best coach in Bill Belichek, best defense in the Chicago Bears or the best receivers in the Denver Broncos. The Colts and Giants are good but they don’t seem to be the best fit for Wilson. The list gets smaller as Wilson looks to give himself the best chance for success.
4. Comfort: No place like home
If Wilson could choose, he might want to pick a place that is close to home. Then he could visit easier whenever he has time. He could be the QB the Broncos need to get over the hump. He would be an upgrade over the current starter and could even be a valuable backup for the first few games until he learns the system. The Broncos learned from the loss to Taysom last year that a practice squad backup won’t cut it.
Denver is also not too much further from John Beck than Utah is. With talented receivers in Jerry Jeudy and, yes the Ute Tim Patrick, Wilson will have professional weapons to throw darts to. He will also have a good defense to help him out.
If Wilson joins the Broncos, plenty of Utahns who are already Broncos fans will be able to get on board. Even some fans who wear Ute red might be forced to cheer for Wilson if he joins their team. If he wins a Super Bowl, they will be feeling a mile high.
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