Theismann: Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are “neck-and-neck” as prospects

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By CBS Sports Radio

The general consensus among NFL analysts is that Trevor Lawrence is far and away the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class. In fact, many analysts believe he’s the best quarterback prospect in years – not to mention a clear-cut, slam-dunk No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Well, Joe Theismann isn’t so sure. Sure, he’s a fan of Lawrence, but he’s also a fan of BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.

“They’re neck-and-neck as far as I’m concerned,” Theismann said on Reiter Than You. “I think Trevor is a big kid, runs a little bit like a Josh Allen. [He] can run the ball if you need to, which I don’t recommend because everybody at this level – you have 330-pounders who can run as fast as any running back.”

Lawrence led Clemson to three College Football Playoff appearances, two national championship games, and one national title.

Wilson, meanwhile, was a little more under-the-radar in Provo, Utah – but not for Theismann.

“I watched him all year,” Theismann said. “He caught my eye early on and then I tried to watch as many BYU games as I could. He’s got great touch on the ball, he’s 6-3 – so he’s not a small guy – he has great athleticism and he can make all the throws.”

Wilson threw for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and three interceptions this past season, as BYU (10-1) finished No. 16 in the country.

“He comes to me a bit more polished because of what he was able to do in college,” Theismann said. “Between Trevor and him, you maybe could flip a coin. My personal choice, from what I’ve seen, I think Zach is ready to be like a Joe Burrow. I think he’s ready to move to the next level and be able to do the things that they want out of that position.”