Even the most devout NFL draft followers may not have known who BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was at this time in 2020.
Well, now everyone knows about the strong-armed quarterback from Draper, Utah. Wilson terrorized opposing defenses in 2020 and, in the eyes of some experts, could go as high as second overall in April’s NFL draft.
Not even Wilson could have seen this coming. Before dominating on the field last fall, Wilson spent his time studying Steve Young and delivering food for DoorDash. Yes, the next potential New York Jets quarterback could have left food on your welcome mat.
Zach Wilson delivered meals for DoorDash to make money
Zach Wilson is no different than any other college student in that he wanted to have money, especially amid a global pandemic.
In a recent interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, Wilson said that he worked for DoorDash last year. For the unfamiliar, DoorDash is a delivery food service that serves as a middleman between local restaurants — including chains such as Burger King — and customers.
Wilson told King that he spent his Saturday nights while training in California — and sometimes, after returning to Utah — working for DoorDash to receive gas and expense money.
Because so many people have used DoorDash during the pandemic, Wilson said he made as much as $200 on a busy night.
Wilson has had an incredible last few months
If you lived in California or Utah, the same quarterback who tore up defenses last season might have dropped off a sandwich at your apartment only months earlier.
After struggling with an injury in 2019, Wilson entered the 2020 season needing to win the starting quarterback job. BYU named Wilson the starter a week ahead of the season-opener against Navy, and the rest is history.
Wilson was among the country’s best quarterbacks last season, completing 73.5 of his passes for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only three interceptions in 336 attempts.
The junior gunslinger also ran for 10 touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry and even caught two passes for 32 yards.
BYU went 11-1 and ended the season with a 49-23 rout of UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl.
Zach Wilson is projected to go very early in the draft
As of March 2021, it’d be a massive upset if Zach Wilson wasn’t taken among the first 10 players in April’s NFL draft.
Most draft analysts have placed Wilson as the draft’s second-best quarterback, only behind Clemson star Trevor Lawrence. Wilson passed Ohio State star Justin Fields in the process, although Fields is still considered a consensus first-round pick.
In his most recent mock draft on ESPN.com, ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected the Atlanta Falcons will trade up and select Wilson with the second overall pick. Elsewhere, walterfootball.com predicted the Falcons would take Wilson with the fourth overall pick.
CBS Sports colleagues Chris Trapasso and Ryan Wilson each have the Jets selecting Wilson with the second overall pick. Not at all bad for someone who was delivering sandwiches and milkshakes a year ago.