Clemson's Trevor Lawrence is viewed by many to be the most intriguing quarterback prospect to enter the NFL Draft since Andrew Luck, with the feeling that it's a fait accompli that he's selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 1 pick.
And it probably is.
Still, it turns out that all 32 teams may not have Lawrence at the top spot on their draft board among quarterbacks available in this year's class.
Matt Miller of The Draft Scout spoke to a college scouting director that believes BYU's Zach Wilson, not Lawrence, is the best quarterback in this year's class. The scout even compared Wilson to former NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes:
"What he does as a thrower and as a runner is exactly where we are as a league right now," the unnamed NFL scouting director said. "He throws some of those 50/50 balls with his shoulders square to the defense after running around in the pocket and I'm seeing Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech all over again."
Your initial inclination is to think that unless this scouting director is employed by the Jaguars, him liking Wilson over Lawrence may not matter. However, that thought process is misguided, because there isn't yet a consensus about whether Wilson or Ohio State's Justin Fields is the second best quarterback in this year's class. It's not yet clear if this is just the opinion of one person, or if such a consensus about Wilson is building around the league.
The New York Jets sit at No. 2, and if they decide to move on from Sam Darnold, they'll likely choosing between Wilson and Fields. If they move forward with Darnold as their starter, the Jets could very well trade down, assuming enough teams covet Wilson. The Atlanta Falcons at pick No. 4, the Philadelphia Eagles at pick No. 6 and Carolina Panthers at pick No. 8 are among the teams that could theoretically trade up for a quarterback. Any of those teams could also stick where they are at and take Fields if Wilson is off the board.
After a relatively pedestrian first two seasons at BYU, Wilson exploded in his junior season, tossing 33 touchdowns to just three interceptions at a school that isn't traditionally seen as a collegiate powerhouse. For what it's worth, ESPN's David Pollack compared Wilson to both Mahomes and three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers last month.