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Draft Spotlight: Zach Wilson cements status at BYU Pro Day

Another top-ranked quarterback turned in an impressive Pro Day performance.


Just three days after Mac Jones impressed at Alabama's first Pro Day, Zach Wilson put up a similarly impressive performance at BYU's. Though he only threw and did not do any testing, Wilson looks like he's locked up his place near the top of the 2020 quarterback rankings, demonstrating the zip and throw-on-the-move ability that has skyrocketed his status. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported that the Patriots' Eliot Wolf was in attendance at the workout as New England's staff has dispersed across the country to cover various Pro Days.

After an excellent season at BYU, Wilson could now very well be the second-overall pick as projected by a majority of projections. That's unfortunate news for Patriots fans who would love to see Wilson come to New England, but things can be unpredictable once the draft starts to unfold and that is already starting with the big trades that also came on Friday.

Wilson measured in a 6-2, 215 pounds, not too far off from Jimmy Garoppolo, who is slightly heavier. Wilson's out-of-pocket ability to make explosive plays downfield is a big part of his game, so it wasn't surprising to see him look good throwing on the move on Friday. With good size and display of his talents, Wilson is a promising NFL talent that should intrigue the Patriots.

But more likely, they should expect to be seeing him twice a year if he's taken second overall by the Jets.

Pats scouts check in on top tackle

Per a report from Mike Giardi, Patriots offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo was in attendance at the Virginia Tech Pro Day, taking a closer look at left tackle prospect Christian Darrisaw. Bricillo was accompanied by two other Patriots scouts as well, though top cornerback prospect Caleb Farley did not work out due to a pending microdiscectomy surgery that could sting his draft status. Previously, Farley's top competition -- Patrick Surtain and Jaycee Horn -- had impressive Pro Days of their own.

Khalil Herbert, a high-character running back, and big safety Divine Deablo are two other Virigina Tech prospects who check some boxes for the Patriots at positions of need that participated.

Michigan defensive lineman Kwity Paye (19).
Michigan defensive lineman Kwity Paye (19).

Rhode Island's Paye displays unique attributes

Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye measured in at 6'2.5", 261 pounds, with 33" arms and a 4.54 40-yard dash. A Rhode Island native, Paye is a common Patriots mock draft pick and is an interesting combination of size, length and speed. After taking Chase Winovich and then Josh Uche the last two seasons, could the Patriots make it three-straight years with a Michigan defender drafted? Paye's schematic fit is something to ponder for the front-fluid Pats.


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