After noticing several sites listing Russell Wilson as a top 5 fantasy quarterback I think it’s important to place more stress on the fact that I disagree with that assessment. The only reason why I still have Wilson floating at #8 is his ability to score on the ground and the question marks surrounding the ground game in Seattle.
Russell Wilson is a real life top 5 quarterback in the NFL, but the Seahawks are not going to rack up enough yardage and points to warrant a high selection of Russell. In fact, my recommendation is to cuff Wilson up with another quarterback that has a reliable track record. This way you will have a safety net for what my be a down trending year for Wilson.
last updated: (8-23-16)
Contract: 4 yr(s) / $87,600,000
Signing Bonus: $31,000,000 – Average Salary: $21,900,000 – Guaranteed: $61,542,000 – Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
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Original Scouting Report:
As we approach the 2012 NFL draft I continue to move quarterback Russell Wilson up my board. At this point he is clearly the #2 passer in this class (ahead of media darling Robert Griffin III) and is pushing for recognition next to Andrew Luck.
I believe Wilson to be the best decision maker in this class (reflected in his TD/INT ratio) and this is also due in large part to his throwing ability. Russell can fit the ball into tight windows, launch it deep or throw the receiver open with touch and finesse. He has upside athleticism but uses it in conjunction with a pass first mentality. This is essential for him to be successful in the NFL.
If Russell Wilson had Andrew Luck’s frame he would be the unquestioned #1 quarterback in this draft class.
last updated: (4-17-12)