Russell Wilson: How Wilson Became the Steal of the 2012 NFL Draft

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Russell Wilson: How Wilson Became the Steal of the 2012 NFL Draft
From projected backup to franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson has already made his mark on the Seattle Seahawks' franchise, and the entire league since.

After Russell Wilson's first professional win, I believe it is time to look back at what could be considered the best pick of the Pete Carroll era, and possibly the biggest steal of the 2012 NFL draft.

Wilson dropped to the third round for several issues scouts had with his physical attributes. His height became a hot topic among naysayers, and NFL.com's draft profile explains it best:

Weaknesses

Wilson's height will be his biggest inhibitor at the next level and the largest reason for his late-round value. It remains to be seen if he can throw effectively from the pocket at the next level.

If Wilson were three inches taller, there would be debate at the top of the draft as to where he fits. But look for teams to take a flier on him in a late round to see if he can develop and outplay his size.

Wilson wasn't given much of a chance by scouts due mainly to his height, even though he is the same height as Pro Bowl star Drew Brees.

After Wilson was drafted in the third round, he wasn't given much of a chance as a third-round quarterback on a team that just signed the second most sought-after free agent. (See Peyton Manning.)

Yet as he exceeded expectations and won the starting job, Wilson started to gain national attention and was even heralded as possibly becoming a star in the league in the coming years. Bill Simmons even considers him the best quarterback in the league and has the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl. (Read it, it gives Seahawk fans a lot of hope and pride)

As five rookie quarterbacks started in Week 1, only Wilson was not drafted in the first round. Yet after two weeks, he may have played the best and has managed the game perfectly, coming within a few yards of a 2-0 start to his career.

Wilson outperformed almost everyone picked above him and has made one of the biggest impacts of any rookie in the league. While he has a lot to improve on as he progresses as what we believe to be our franchise quarterback, Wilson has made it clear that he was incredibly undervalued and was the biggest steal in the draft.

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