Zach Wilson’s stock continues to skyrocket as we draw closer and closer to the NFL Draft. He will certainly not be the No. 1 quarterback off the board, but he is drawing comparisons to a past No. 1 pick.
ESPN’s Desmond Howard believes he brings a lot of those same attributes to the table as Baker Mayfield did when he was back at Oklahoma.
“He reminds me of Baker Mayfield. Just a little taller, a little more slender, more athletic, but the mentality,” Howard said on ESPN’s Get Up! this morning, per 247Sports. “Both guys have tremendous confidence in their arms, they’re going to throw some balls you think they shouldn’t throw. They’re excellent off-platform throwers, too, and they can get outside the pocket and run, but they’d rather still throw the ball, even when they break contain, which makes them both very dangerous.
I just think he’s a little taller, but has the same mentality of a Baker Mayfield. He’s really a gunslinger, just like Mayfield.”
Mayfield has thrown for over 3,500 yards in all three of his seasons with the Browns, but did register a career-low 3,563 yards just last season. Even still, he also tossed a career-low eight interceptions on his way to taking the Browns to the playoffs and winning the Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On a previous appearance on Get Up!, Howard said he would choose Wilson over Justin Fields.
“I like Zach Wilson,” Howard said when asked to choose between the two. “I just love everything that he brings to the team, to the offense. He’s a player who plays with an edge. You can tell he’s out there to prove all the doubters wrong. He can make all the throws. He has great talent. He can run, but he doesn’t want to run. He’ll extend any play, looking down the field all the time. Though, you can’t go wrong with Justin Fields after his pro day yesterday. He’s a phenomenal talent, too.”