New York Jets rookie RB Michael Carter believes that Zach Wilson deserved to be picked over Trevor Lawrence in the NFL draft.
Throughout the lead-up to the NFL draft, the consensus at quarterback was that Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields were the 1A and 1B at the position. The New York Jets decided to forego Fields and select Zach Wilson out of BYU with the second overall pick.
Michael Carter, selected in the fourth round by the Jets, believes that Wilson deserved to be the top pick.
Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Carter was asked about his new quarterback and comparisons between him and Lawrence. Carter also got to see Lawrence in action while playing in the ACC.
"He deserved to be the number one pick."@nyjets rookie running back Michael Carter says he's not knocking Trevor Lawrence, but he can't wait to play with Zach Wilson
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 13, 2021
This is what you expect someone to say about their new quarterback, but Carter does have a legitimate case for Wilson.
Wilson exploded in 2020, finishing in the top five in nearly every major passing category. He also had the highest passing grade by PFF in 2020 with 95.5, which is also the highest grade that they’ve ever awarded to a collegiate quarterback.
Zach Wilson earned a 95.5 passing grade in 2020.
The highest grade we’ve ever given to a QB in a single season. pic.twitter.com/q4ixUxw2qH
— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 3, 2021
Wilson also finished second in the nation in passing efficiency and completion percentage. Regardless of the reasons, Wilson stepped up his game and delivered in a big way in his final season at BYU.
Now with the Jets, both Wilson and Carter will have a chance to prove themselves on the main stage. Carter, with a path at starting running back, and Wilson as the face of the franchise at quarterback.
Only time will tell if Carter’s words ring true or fall flat, but it’s an exciting time for Jets nation nonetheless.