#1 – Russell Wilson

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Isn’t it obvious by now why Russell Wilson would be #1 on this list?  Let’s face it, the Trent Dilfer Ravens only comes around MAYBE once a generation.  To win in this league, you need a stud quarterback.  Russell Wilson is that stud.

It’s going to get a little homo-erotic in here going forward, so you may want to hit the Escape button now while you still can.

How do I love Russell Wilson?  Let me count the ways!

The Seattle Seahawks have drafted 17 quarterbacks in their history.  These are those quarterbacks:

  1. Russell Wilson
  2. Mike Teel *
  3. David Greene *
  4. Seneca Wallace
  5. Jeff Kelly *
  6. Josh Booty *
  7. Brock Huard
  8. Rick Mirer
  9. Dan McGwire
  10. John Gromos *
  11. Sammy Garza
  12. David Norrie
  13. John Conner *
  14. Frank Seurer
  15. Sam Adkins
  16. Steve Myer *
  17. Chris Rowland *

Seven of those guys never completed a pass for the Seahawks and possibly for the NFL (denoted by *).  Of the remaining ten, only three of them appeared in more than 13 games in their careers.  Seneca Wallace was a 4th round pick that Mike Holmgren turned into a serviceable backup for seven seasons.  Rick Mirer was a #2 overall draft pick who stuck around the league for 11 years, but was a huge disappointment in the process.

I think it’s safe to say that Russell Wilson is the greatest quarterback the Seattle Seahawks have ever drafted.  And it’s not even close.

His rookie numbers were insane.  252 for 393 (64.1%) for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.  Also, he ran for 489 yards on 94 carries for a 5.2 yards per attempt average and 4 touchdowns.  He had 5 game-winning drives en route to an 11-5 regular season record.  He took this team across the country in his first-ever playoff game and came away victorious against the Redskins.  Then, he took this team BACK across the country in his second-ever playoff game and came within 30 seconds of victory against the Falcons.  He led the world’s best offense for the last 8 games of the regular season.  And did I mention he was a rookie?  He was a rookie.  A ROOKIE!

Not only that, but he was a third round draft pick.  As a third round pick, he either matched the play or outright out-played the likes of Andrew Luck and RGIII (the top two picks of the draft).  Not only that, but as a rookie third rounder, Russell Wilson out-played most of the LEAGUE.  His 100.0 passer rating ranked fourth in the NFL last year (behind Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and RGIII).  Not bad for a kid who wasn’t given total control of the offense for a good chunk of his early season.

People will try to argue that it’s not sustainable.  That he’s due to regress.  That he surely couldn’t match the numbers of his rookie campaign, let alone beat them.  Haters gonna hate, after all.  Of course, a lot of those same haters were saying how his numbers were going to hit the wall towards the end of last season too.  He had a stretch of four straight games without an interception and right around that time, a prominent NFL writer for Grantland wrote something about how he surely wouldn’t keep that up.  I guess that’s technically true, but for his last 10 games (including the 2 playoff games), Wilson had only 3 interceptions, and one of them came at the end of the Atlanta game when the Falcons caught a hail mary to seal it.

I’m here to argue, homer that I am, that not only can Russell Wilson match his rookie output, but he can BEAT that rookie output!  Why do I think that?

Because he’s talented.  There are guys like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees all in the top tier in the NFL.

In that very next tier, you’ve got guys like Russell Wilson, RGIII, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matthew Stafford.  Some of those guys in the second tier – like Flacco, Manning, Roethlisberger, and Stafford – are as good as they’re ever going to get.  Those guys most likely will NEVER be in the top tier.  That doesn’t mean they’re bad.  Some of them are Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, for crying out loud!  But, they won’t approach the level of play the top five guys have shown.

However, guys like Wilson, Luck, RGIII, and Kaep have a chance.  In Wilson’s case, I think we will be able to put him in that top tier within the first five years of him being in the league.

He can make all the throws.  He throws as well on the run as he does in the pocket.  He’s got a strong arm and he’s accurate.  Most importantly, he avoids turnovers.  Even someone like Drew Brees can’t say that.

The main reason why I think Russell Wilson will be better in 2013 is his make up.  He’s the hardest working player on the team.  He spent the whole off-season getting guys together and working on plays.  He’s also the most studious player on the team.  He goes through hours of tape like Peyton Manning goes through hours of tape.  His level of play won’t go down because he won’t LET it go down.  He’s always striving to get better every day.  With that kind of attitude, and with the actions to back up his words, Russell Wilson is the complete package we’ve been looking for since the Seahawks first entered this league.

He will go down as the best quarterback in franchise history.  And he will make it in the Hall of Fame.  Because he will have won the most Super Bowls of any quarterback in the history of the world.

Russell Wilson, will you go to the prom with me?

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