Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck were tagged as stars the second they left college and were the talk of the town going into the 2012 NFL draft. But, amid all the noise and hoopla, there was a diamond in the rough: Russell Wilson.
The 5'11" rookie from Wisconsin is not your prototypical NFL quarterback.
He was not drafted in the first round. He did not get the big contract or the media attention that Luck and RGIII did or the commercials. What he did do, though, is make a name for himself in the league.
Where did this third-round pick come from?
He was supposed to be a backup. After the Seattle Seahawks signed Matt Flynn as a free agent, it was expected that he would emerge from training camp as the starter. But then something happened: Wilson impressed and won over the Seahawks coaches and his teammates in training camp.
The rest is history.
Wilson has turned heads in his last seven games. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes (25 for the year) and only two interceptions, and he has done it against some of the top defenses in the league—oh, and, the Seahawks have gone 6-1. Perhaps it's because of Wilson's elevated play. Wilson is dangerous; he has the ability to make plays with his legs and the accuracy and ability to throw the deep ball.
Because of what Russell Wilson brings to the table, the Seahawks are a very scary team.
Wilson has a 64 percent completion rate this season, but what really stands out is his ability to keep plays alive and convert very important third downs. Since Week 9, the Seahawks have been able to convert 50 percent of their third downs because Wilson has been accurate with his passes in those situations.
Sure, what Luck and RGIII have done this season has been magical, but what Wilson has shown with his scrambles, his bombs downfield, and his tough mentality has been breathtaking. And due to that, he has joined the other two rookie quarterback phenoms in the playoff-picture talk.
Yes, he's short for a quarterback at 5'11".
But the way he has played in his rookie season has been huge.