ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski placed Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson No. 12 on his list of the top 32 quarterbacks in the league, just ahead of Washington’s Robert Griffin III.
Wilson is the second-ranked rookie quarterback from 2012, with Andrew Luck still to come on the list.
He’s also ranked behind San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, which I thought was somewhat of a surprise. However, Jaworski really like’s the upside of Wilson, and believes he can be a top-10 quarterback in the NFL
Jaworski: “The ability to avoid pressure, maintain his downfield focus and throw the ball accurately was a constant throughout his rookie season. There were times he ran, and that caused problems for the defense. But he was not a runner. Most importantly, he got down, preventing the kind of hits that negatively impact long-term availability.
“The game that showed me Wilson can be a top 10 quarterback was the NFC divisional playoff game against Atlanta. The Seahawks trailed 20-0 at the half. All he did was lead four second-half touchdown drives in which he was 14 of 16 for 241 yards.
“That says it all right there. It’s why throwing from the pocket remains the No. 1 trait for high-level quarterback play, regardless of the player’s athleticism and mobility. It’s the reason Wilson has a chance to be a very good quarterback over a long period of time. He throws it very well from the cradle. The more I studied him, the more I liked his future.”
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle reviews the top five Seahawks’ victories under Pete Carroll’s tenure.
Brock Huard and O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle talk with former Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna in this audio link. Kitna says that Wilson’s size held him back from being higher on Jaworski’s list.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with Seattle safety Jeron Johnson, who was a 170-pound middle linebacker at Domingeuz High School. Johnson played alongside Richard Sherman, leading the Compton, Calif. school to a CIF championship.
Marcus Grant of NFL.com says to expect a drop off in production from 300-carry backs like Marshawn Lynch the following season, according to his research.
Mark Sessler of NFL.com ranks Brady Quinn No. 19 on his list of the top backup quarterbacks in the league. Interesting that Tarvaris Jackson did not make the list.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com reports that 15 to 20 teams were present to watch Stony Brook offensive tackle Michael Bamiro’s workout. Bamiro fell through a crack in NFL rules that allows him to become an unrestricted free agent. According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the Seahawks reportedly were one of the team’s that had a scout present at the workout.