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5 Reasons Why Russell Wilson is Already an Elite Quarterback

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Seattle Seahawks: 5 Reasons Russell Wilson is an Elite QB

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At 11-1 the Seattle Seahawks have the best record in the entire NFL. They have arguably the best defense in the league and running back Marshawn Lynch has been his usual dominant self. While the entire team is great, in my opinion the most important player for Seattle and the biggest reason they have been so dominant is the play of quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson has always been a bit of an underdog. At only 5-foot-11, he has far from ideal height for an NFL quarterback which allowed him to slip to the Seahawks in the third round. After his impressive rookie season and even better play this year, it appears that Seattle got a huge steal.

When talking about elite quarterbacks, the obvious names come to mind first. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are all without question elite level quarterbacks. You could also easily make a case for Cam Newton. Many would argue that multiple time Super Bowl winning QBs like Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger are also elite, and of course Joe Flacco's performance last season at least puts him in the discussion.

The 2012 QB class was led by Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. While they will both probably end up being great players, the only QB from that class that can currently be considered elite is Wilson.

The numbers are great (64.9 completion percentage, 2,672 passing yards and 22-6 TD to INT ratio) and his team is incredible, but there is so much more to the greatness of Wilson. Here are 5 reasons why there is no doubt that Wilson is an elite NFL QB.

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5. Great Passing Ability

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Any elite QB must be a great passer, and Wilson certainly fits that bill. He has great arm strength and incredible accuracy. His passing numbers may not be as gaudy as guys like Manning and Brady, but that has more to do with offensive philosophy than anything else. Make no mistake, he is a more than capable passer.

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4. Determined to be the Best

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When you look in his eyes you can tell that Wilson strives to be the best. He has always been an underdog, and I think he is very motivated to prove people wrong. To be the best you have to be determined, and there is no doubt that Wilson has that drive.

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3. Athleticism

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Wilson is one of the best rushing quarterbacks in the NFL. Not only does he use his athleticism to pick up rushing yardage, but he uses it wonderfully to allow his receivers more time to get open. Wilson is an elite athlete who knows how to use his talent extremely well.

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2. Great Decision Maker

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Every elite quarterback needs to be able to make tough decisions quickly. Without question, Wilson knows how to make decisions. He is an unselfish player that does not mind handing the ball off to his very talented running backs. If needed, he does not mind pulling the ball down and running himself or dumping the ball off short. No matter what the right decision is, the Seahawks can be confident that Wilson will make it.

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1. Leadership

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It is tough for young players to lead their teams, but from day one Wilson has been the unquestioned leader of the Seahawks. Head Coach Pete Carroll raves about Wilson's ability to motivate his teammates. When times get tough, every team needs a strong leader, and Wilson is definitely that player for Seattle.