Denver Broncos: Would the team be able to pass on Zach Wilson in the draft?

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Zach Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Zach Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Could the Denver Broncos be looking for a quarterback in the 2021 draft?

If you were to poll members of Broncos Country about whether or not the team should stick with Drew Lock as its starting quarterback beyond this season, you’d likely get an even amount of responses in favor and against the idea.

Lock can still sway those opinions one way or another over the course of the last  two games of the season. But regardless of the outcomes of those games, the Broncos are going to be drafting high in the first round.

If the season were to end today, the Broncos would be selecting with the No. 13 pick in the first round. That’s too far down the board to be able to grab the likes of Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields, but what if BYU’s Zach Wilson was still there?

The junior quarterback from Draper, Utah has put together a terrific career at BYU and will likely enter the 2021 draft. Following his recent performance in the Boca Raton Bowl, he has received high praise.

He has great size at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He also doesn’t have a glaring weakness.

Wilson possesses good arm strength and sound decision-making skills. He also shows above-average accuracy as well as good mobility. The team that drafts him will be getting the complete package.

He finished his career at BYU with 7,652 yards passing and 56 touchdowns in three seasons. He has played in three Bowl games with the Cougars and has been named the game’s MVP in each of those. But it was his recent performance on December 22 that really caiught the eyes of many.

Wilson passed for 425 yards in the 49-23 win over Central Florida and threw three touchdown passes while also running for another two scores. That performance may even vault him over Fields in many mock drafts.

But if he were to fall to the Broncos pick, would the Broncos be crazy to pass on him?

Probably. Though many fans likely don’t want to see another attempt at trying yet another guy as the potential future franchise quarterback, you can’t pass up in sheer talent for that reason. While Lock has had some nice games for the team, he’s also had some really, really bad ones.

That’s not to say that Wilson wouldn’t, but when Wilson is being mentioned in the same breath as Patrick Mahomes, you have to at least take a serious look.

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What would your vote be?

If Wilson was on the board when the Broncos went on the clock, should the team take him? Do you want to see what Lock does in these last two games before you make that determination?

Would you entertain the thought of trading up in the first round to ensure Wilson plays in orange and blue next season?

To this point, evaluating quarterbacks has not been a strength of John Elway, but all signs point to Wilson being a future star.