Nickel Package: Assessing short QBs
As much appreciation as I have for Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and what he has accomplished in becoming a starter, I didn't fully understand until I did some research just how much the odds were stacked against him coming into his first season in the league.
Wilson measured 5-foot-10⅝ and 204 pounds during the pre-draft process, and from a scouting standpoint, that is a red flag. A lack of height hinders a quarterback's ability to see the entire field from within the pocket, especially down the field, and a smaller frame raises durability concerns.
Had Wilson been 6-3, his production, athleticism and outstanding intangibles would have earned him a first-round grade, but because of his small stature, I actually thought we at Scouts Inc. were a little high on him when we gave Wilson a late-third/early-fourth round grade.
So just how big a chance did the Seahawks take? For some perspective, I went back and looked at the 10 drafts from 2002 to 2011, and I was blown away by just how rare Wilson's successful transition is.
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