Russell Wilson Proves That Size Does Not Matter When It Comes To NFL Quarterbacks

By Joey Farbo
Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson
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Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson may finally be killing the notion that you need to be at least six feet tall to be an NFL quarterback.

Wilson, who was one of the best college quarterbacks over the last four years, fell to the middle of the third round in last April’s NFL Draft because scouts worried that his size would prevent him from being successful at the professional level. Now, Wilson has led the Seahawks to their first road playoff win since 1983 and scouts are left to answer why a clearly talented quarterback was never considered to be worth a first round pick.

The truth is that there is no such thing as a “prototypical” quarterback in terms of size anymore. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been one of the best signal callers in the league despite being less than six feet tall and now Wilson appears to be following in his footsteps.

The tools that Wilson does possess (arm strength, accuracy and ability to read opposing defenses) are far more valuable than him being three or four inches taller. There are plenty of examples in recent history of quarterbacks who were drafted in the first round because of their measurements, but have been terrible in terms of actually winning football games.

As we saw on Sunday afternoon, Wilson is just as likely to beat you with his legs as he is his arm. Wilson finished his first season in the league completing 64 percent of his passes and accounted for 30 total touchdowns while leading the Seahawks to 11 wins and he and his team are not done yet.

Wilson’s success this season should once and for all change the way scouts look at quarterbacks when projecting them to the next level because quarterbacks should be evaluated for their talents and not their height.

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