Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine is when the top quarterback prospects will be performing their on-field drills. With all the quarterback-needy teams searching for their future signal caller, the Seattle Seahawks are fortunate to not be among them.
Since the quarterback position is not one Seattle will be focusing on, perhaps it’s time to look back on Russell Wilson’s 2012 combine. While players like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were dominating pre-draft headlines, Wilson quietly had an outstanding workout day.
In the highly anticipated 40-yard dash, Wilson took second place behind Griffin III with a time of 4.55 seconds, which was faster than the previous year’s number one overall pick, Cam Newton.
Wilson’s strong day continued when he took second in the 20-yard shuttle in 4.09 seconds, and fifth in the three-cone drill at 6.97 seconds.
In the NFL’s official scouting report, Wilson was showered with praise for his strengths:
"Wilson is an accurate passer. He is a very mechanical quarterback who is consistent in his drop step and thoroughly understands how to move within the pocket and evade when the pocket collapses. He is an athlete and can torque his body to make any sort of throw on the run, and is accurate in this setting. He is a born signal caller who shows command of the offense. He has the arm strength to make the deep throws and the touch to put it on a receiver in stride. He is effective when scrambling and is a classic play extender."
The only weakness the report listed was his height, citing it might very well limit his passing ability behind much larger NFL linemen: “It remains to be seen if he can throw effectively from the pocket at the next level.”
Arguably a fair critique at the time, it is evident Wilson has since answered any questions about his ability to throw from the pocket and has become one of the most efficient passers in the NFL.
Perhaps Seahawks fans should be thankful for the questions regarding Wilson’s height. Per the report: “If Wilson were three inches taller there would be debate at the top of the draft as to where he fits in.”
Fortunately for Seattle fans, the lack of those three inches allowed Wilson to become a third-round steal.