As the lead-up to a quarterback-heavy NFL draft has unfolded, BYU’s Zach Wilson has seen his star rise like no other draft prospect in the last year has.

After putting up pedestrian numbers during his first two college seasons and entering the fall widely seen as a mid-round draft projection, the 6-2, 214-pound signal-caller erupted to rank among the top passers in the nation. In the months since his junior season concluded, Wilson has only further ascended. He could hear his name called as early as second overall after the Jacksonville Jaguars make their selection of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 official.

From leading the Cougars to an 11-1 season to his pro day performance late last month, Wilson has dazzled as a passer, play-maker and athlete. Now, thanks to his knack for extending plays and delivering unconventional throws, Wilson is drawing comparisons to Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. There are even those who believe Wilson actually could wind up outshining Lawrence over the course of their careers.