Russel Wilson is a good thing, could be a great thing I think… But not in the third round. What about getting a wide receiver for Matt Flynn? I’m still waiting for a freaking wide receiver… Seriously though, what is Flynn going to do when Sydney Rice misses however many games he averages now? We took some pressure off Marshawn Lynch and made sure were going to have our bread and butter for every meal. But now it’s time we get Flynn some weapons to succeed with. But back to Russel Wilson…
The Hawks must have really liked this kid or they wouldn’t have taken him in the third. Furthermore, this has major implications for the as of now ‘so called quarterback competition.’ We have too many quarterbacks on the depth chart. Somebody is going to have to go at some point this summer. Is it going to be Tarvaris? Because honestly I was hoping to see him give Matt Flynn a run for his money, making them both better. Or will it be Josh Portis? I, as well as many others were under the impression the organization really liked Portis.
I can see a case for both and I think the team does also. Although they must have made a decision already because there really aren’t enough snaps to go around. We didn’t draft Russel Wilson in the third round to sit around and watch. Personally I think it’s Josh Portis that leaves. The Seahawks liked him a lot, but with an opportunity to draft Russel Wilson it looks like now maybe not so much. He was being groomed to be a future backup and in the meantime was being put to good use helping the scout team prepare for mobile quarterbacks. However, Russel Wilson is mobile just like Josh Portis and unlike Portis he has an actual opportunity to be a starter in this league.
If Wilson was 6’1 or even 6’2 he would have been the first quarterback drafted after Andrew Luck and RG3. As far as his height goes let’s just remember two quarterbacks by the name of Doug Flutie and Drew Brees, the first being 5’10 like Wilson and the second being only 6’0. Maybe height won’t matter (and I’m not saying I think great things about Flutie, but obviously height wasn’t his issue). In any case one thing we can be sure of is Russel Wilson will be a competent back up at the very least. He is a strong leader who can step in and take over the team when needed. Furthermore, he will work very hard and will definitely compete for a role on this team whether he is given a fair opportunity or not. Also don’t be surprised if we see Wilson come in for a little trickery in goal line situations, kind of like the Jets with Tim Tebow (hopefully just not as much of a mess). Yet I doubt we see much, if any of this.
The only case to be made for Tarvaris leaving is if he falls flat right out of the gate in regards to the ‘so called quarterback competition.’ Then he would only be dealt if we could get some late round value for him, such as a pick in the 5th or the 6th. However, I don’t think it is likely that the team trades him away. He won over that locker room last year and even some of the fan base with how he played hurt (wow it’s amazing how we as fans honestly think our opinions matter to the organization in regards to players). To cut or trade him to make room for Russel Wilson and an unproved Josh Portis would be unfair and the locker room would take notice, especially after he was promised a fair opportunity to win the starting job.
I personally do not want to see Tarvaris Jackson gone. I’d rather it be Josh Portis that goes because I truly believe Tarvaris Jackson is going to give Matt Flynn a wild ride trying to win that number one spot. In that same spirit I am also very happy about the Russel Wilson pick. Personally I feel we could have gotten him later, but if the Seahawks feel like they got their guy it doesn’t matter where he was picked. Russel Wilson is going to compete his ass off and might even win the backup spot. If the Seahawks didn’t think him capable of doing so they wouldn’t have taken him in the third round. So let’s hope we have a real star in Russel Wilson. I know he is capable of being one so hopefully height is damned on this one.
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