Seahawks 3rd Round Selection
Name: Russell Wilson
40 yard dash: 4.50
The Seattle Seahawks had already drafted DE (LEO) Bruce Irvin (15th overall) and ILB Bobby Wagner (47th overall) and added 4 picks (4th,5th,6th, and 7th rounders) by the time it was their turn to draft in the third round (75th overall)
Filling two teams needs with rather obscure players left Seahawks fans wondering if once again Pete Carroll and John Schneider would trade down a few spots to draft a player that would leave the 12th man scratching their heads.
With the 75th pick the Seahawks select quarterback Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin.
I like his arm strength and he gets the ball through his motion quickly.
He’s very accurate and he has large hands so he should have no trouble holding onto the ball in wet conditions.
Can he develop into a starting quarterback in the NFL? I don’t know but maybe he doesn’t have to.
After adding Matt Flynn in the offseason they have a stater and hopefully he takes the bull by the horns.
The Seahawks now have a solid developmental quarterback and Josh Portis is going to be looking for a new job at some point before the season starts unless the Seahawks trade/cut Tarvaris Jackson and I don’t see that happening at this point.
I am most concerned about Russell Wilson‘s height.
At 5’11” he has to look through the line because he cannot see over it.
He has a ton of natural talent and is an athlete to boot but can he overcome that height issue?
Wilson was a star in his final year at Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers win the Big Ten title before falling to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Wilson set the NCAA record for pass efficiency at 191.8 last season while throwing for 3,175 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Time will tell…
We have seen solid quarterbacks around the 6’0″ range in the past, Drew Brees for one and we all know how well he has done.
PER Chris Mortensen from ESPN
Evaluators loved his football smarts, how he played under pressure, accuracy and athleticism. The height issue was brought up every time. A few evaluators believed he will become the new exception to the height rule. Big hands, long arms and has a 6th sense that execs kept mentioning can’t be measured.
He will enter the NFL with 50 career college starts under his belt. In three seasons as a starter at NC State and one at Wisconsin, he threw for 11,720 yards with 109 touchdowns and just 30 interceptions.
He also rushed for 1,421 yards and 23 scores. Wilson was drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round with the 140th pick two years ago.
Seattle still holds 7 picks over the next two days.
Fourth: 11th, 106th
Fourth: 19th, 114th
Fifth: 19th, 154th
Sixth: 2nd, 172nd
Sixth: 12th, No 181st
Seventh: 18th, 225th
Seventh: 25th, 232nd