Forget Peyton Manning. He can have the MVP. Russell Wilson is the “here and now,” and he’s not going anywhere.
After the Seattle Seahawks dominated Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII, it is time to recognize something about Mr. Wilson — he is by far and away the best quarterback out of his 2012 draft class. Wilson finished the game 18-for-25 passing, 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Let’s look past Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Robert Griffin III, Nick Foles and Andrew Luck. Three of those guys are irrelevant at the moment, as far as I’m concerned. Foles and Luck are second-tier to Wilson, but just no where near him at the moment.
The 5-foot-11 third-round pick out of 2012′s draft finished the 2013 campaign having totaled 52 passing touchdowns in his first two seasons as a pro, breaking the NFL record. Wilson, once thought to be ‘too small’ to play the quarterback position at the professional level, has defied the odds and shut the mouths of his critics everywhere.
The kid has been absolutely incredible when it matters most. In the Super Bowl, Wilson was the best we’ve ever seen him on third down. He continued to extend plays with his legs, while making some difficult throws across his body for first down conversions. Those first downs sucked the life out of Denver’s defense all game long, until there was truly nothing left in the tank.
Wilson is not only great at extending plays, but he is accurate. Delivering the ball like a rocket, Wilson gets the ball where it is supposed to be in an efficient manner, plain and simple. He has proven to be multi-dimensional, but with his dual-threat skill set comes the brains as well. Wilson knows when to slide, when to get rid of the ball and when to take a sack — very rare for a young passer.
When looking at the rest of the guys in his class, none of them have the combination of all these skills, and at the same level, as Wilson. Luck still makes poor throws at times, Griffin III can’t protect his body and Foles just doesn’t have the poise like Wilson does when the game is on the line. Wilson encompasses everything you want in a franchise quarterback, and proved that he is the best guy to come out of that 2012 draft with a Super Bowl victory.