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Russell Wilson to Seahawks: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers passes the ball as Ricky Heimuli #90 of the Oregon Ducks rushes in at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Scott CarasikContributor IIApril 27, 2012

Russell Wilson is one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft at the quarterback position. Wilson is an interesting case as he spent four years at North Carolina State and then decided to transfer to Wisconsin after he finished his degree.

In both places, Wilson was an excellent quarterback and used his mobility to his advantage. He's a mobile quarterback and despite his shorter stature, is one of the top passers in the draft this year.

Combine Measurements

Height: 5'10-7/8” Weight: 204 pounds

Arm Length: 31” Hand Measurement: 10-1/4”

40 yard dash: 4.55 sec. 20 yard split: 2.66 sec. 10 yard split: 1.59 sec.

20 yard shuttle: 4.09 sec. 3-cone Drill: 6.97 sec.

Vertical Jump: 34.0" Broad Jump: 9'10"

National Football Post's Wes Bunting breaks down his strengths here:

He's a "plus" athlete who plays fast in tight quarters and is a strong kid who accelerates well once he gains a step and can certainly create with his legs once he gets into the open field.  He isn't an elite athlete running the football, but certainly offers enough short area quickness, power and speed to hurt NFL defenses once he gets into the open field…

And his his weaknesses:

A shorter quarterback prospect with decent bulk on his frame… He lacks an elite arm, but spins a clean football, snaps his wrist to generate torque and can get the football down the field. However, his footwork in the pocket is a major work in progress. He doesn't keep a real natural base, fails to consistently stay balanced and routinely bounces up and down in order to see over the line of scrimmage.

Wilson is a good fit for multiple schemes in the game today, but would be best fit for an air it out, New Orleans-style scheme where he can move around and create windows to throw through. He will likely be a career backup and looks like a mid-to-late round pick.

 

Pick Analysis

With MSU's Kirk Cousins still on the board, the Seahawks instead opted for another Big Ten QB, who while exciting to watch, does present questions on how his game will translate to the pros.

That being said, Pete Carroll knows QBs and is a man who knows what he wants. Time will tell whether Wilson will be a third-round steal or a peaked-as-a-super-senior bust. 

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