One of the most intriguing players in this year’s NFL draft, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, has landed in Seattle as the 75th overall pick.
The Seahawks decided they liked Wilson well enough to take a flyer on him in the third round, deciding to overlook his small stature and see if they can develop his big arm and athletic talent into a player who can help them win.
If he were 6-foot-2, Wilson easily would have been a second-round pick, and maybe a first-round pick. But when you’re a quarterback who measures in at a shade under 5-foot-11, there are a whole lot of coaches who think you’re just too small to make it in the NFL.
Wilson has said he wants to prove those coaches wrong, and show that he can play like Drew Brees, who’s not much taller than Wilson and has managed to have a pretty good NFL career. If Wilson is anything close to Brees, the Seahawks just got a steal.