One former NFL scout is out on an island when it comes to Zach Wilson.
Former NFL scout Daniel Kelly — who, coincidentally, was a scout for the Jets during the Bill Parcells era — is absolutely not a believer in BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, who is now considered to be QB2 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Kelly excoriated Wilson in a recent scouting report, among other things calling him a “surefire bust,” a “manufactured quarterback” and one who will be an “interception machine” in the NFL.
That is a bold take by former Jets scout Daniel Kelly. Respect that man for basically standing out on his own here. pic.twitter.com/n6KxBeo6MX— David Wyatt-Hupton 🏈 (@DWyattHupton) April 5, 2021
While most analysts peg Wilson as the second-best quarterback prospect in the NFL Draft, Kelly goes so far as to say that he wouldn’t draft Wilson at all: “It would be foolish to take him in the first round. He will get everybody fired. Best chance to succeed is in an offense filled with trick plays.”
Wilson, like any other NFL prospect, isn’t without his question marks entering the draft. Kelly, like others, points to his propensity to throw 50/50 balls, BYU’s schedule and his durability as red flags.
Some parts of the scouting report don’t make much sense, though: Kelly says that Wilson is an inconsistent passer, despite being one of the nation’s most accurate passers; he says that Wilson will have to adjust to throwing a bigger ball in the NFL, despite negligible differences in ball size, and that Wilson doesn’t look like he was “born to be a quarterback.” Whatever that means.
There’s all sorts of wonky and inoffensive analysis that comes out this time of year — just look at the Daniel Orlovsky-Justin Fields issue — but if Wilson does bust, you may consider Daniel Kelly the prophet.