Chicago Bears: 3 must-watch prospects in Boca Raton Bowl

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Chicago Bears, Zach Wilson
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2. Quarterback Zach Wilson, BYU

If you haven’t heard enough about BYU quarterback Zach Wilson already, get comfortable, because he’s a name that will continue to dominate draft talk. At one point, Wilson wasn’t even considered a household name before the season began.

That changed in a hurry, as Wilson has coasted his way to a 30 touchdown season while tossing just three — yes, three — interceptions and throwing for 3,274 yards in 11 games.

Small school quarterbacks are sometimes a toss-up, but Wilson has everything you look for in a franchise quarterback. He’s dominated in every way possible. The step he took from 2019 to 2020 is one of the biggest steps we’ve ever seen a passer take at the collegiate level.

In nine games last year, Wilson threw just 11 touchdowns to nine interceptions. What a difference just one season has made.

Wilson can make all the throws. Sure, that’s a phrase you hear tossed around a lot. But, quite honestly, it’s true.

Wilson has the arm to chuck it deep — we’re talking 60 yards in the air easily. At the same time, he has the precision to place the football where only his receivers can get it.

Truly, the biggest knock on Wilson will be due to his lack of competition in college. A lot like Trey Lance out of North Dakota State, Wilson’s draft stock could be hampered by the competition. But, that’s a positive for the Bears.

Still, Wilson could be out of reach for Chicago unless they trade up — which is always a possibility with Ryan Pace, should he still be in Chicago by draft time.

If Chicago wants to come away with a hands-down top-3 quarterback prospect, they’ll do whatever they can to land Wilson. For now, enjoy watching him in his final college game on Tuesday night.