It's getting close to Draft time and the scouts of the NFL has me wondering where Russell Wilson stands as a professional quarterback. As I have watched the development of Russell Wilson from NC State to Wisconsin over the past few years, I can’t help but wonder if he is going to be a legitimate pro quarterback. Wilson’s only real down fall is his height. He stands a mere 5’11” and that by NFL standards is going to cost him a lot of money, at least initially. The more I watch him though the more I wonder if he should continue to pursue his NFL dream or should he take the baseball money and run.
Truth be told, he is only an average baseball player, but I am sure he doesn’t want to hear that. On the gridiron, he reminds me of a young Drew Brees. He can make all of the throws but his height is going to be his biggest obstacle. Young Drew Brees struggles with it in San Diego for a while too as he was learning how to take 7 step drops and find passing lanes. This even prompted San Diego to bring in Philip Rivers and let Brees go. Well we see how that has turned out for Brees as in years 5 and 6 he came into his own as one of the most elite passers in the league.
Wilson possesses some of the same intangibles that Brees has as a quarterback. He has a strong arm, he’s accurate, and he finds a way to get better when the team needs him too. Chances are Wilson will not be a name you hear in the first couple of rounds of the draft but I do believe that his name is one that you will hear on draft day and quiet as kept, he could turn out to be the gem of the draft. If I had a pick I would use it on him. From what I have seen over the years, he is as good as anyone who has played the position the past few years in college.
Playing the quarterback position doesn’t mean you have to wow me either. If you follow the blog, you know how I was melting over Cam Newton’s NFL potential last year. You also know that I really liked Andy Dalton last year and fortunately I was right, he turned out to be legit. I have also been wrong about guys before as well as you couldn’t have convinced me that Tony Pike wasn’t going to be a good pro.
The reality is most guys Wilson’s height doesn’t even get a chance to prove what they can do but he will get a chance. My hopes is that he turns his chance into something big and makes all of the naysayers regret not taking him when they had a chance.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!