Russell Wilson is the Best of the 2012 Draft Class So Far (By a Mile)

Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles away from pressure by the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


 Much like the 2004 draft class that included Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, the 2012 draft class includes a trio of quarterbacks that are destined to be compared forever. It also includes Ryan Tannehill, but Mr. Tannehill has some work to do if he wants to be mentioned in the same breath as the threesome of Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. Last year the debate as to who the best quarterback of this group of three raged throughout the year, although Wilson didn’t really emerge until the second half. This debate is far from over. It is going to visited and revisited dozens of times. It’s going to be a prime time tourist destination for writers for years to come. Trust me; I am 100% cognizant of the lack of creativity that goes into writing a comparison post about the three great quarterbacks of the 2012 draft class. It’s not really my first and it probably won’t be my last.

What I think is interesting is how the perception differs from the reality. Most football fans (outside of Seattle) would tell you that RG3 has struggled this year, and Luck and Wilson have both excelled. They would probably go on to say that Luck has been a little bit better than Wilson. They might even cite the Colts victory over the Seahawks as proof of this. Beyond the fact that you can’t judge the worth of a quarterback by wins and losses (quarterbacks are immensely important but this is still a team game), the fact Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to a 10-1 record is more significant than the fact he lost one game to a team that happened to be quarterbacked by Andrew Luck. At the end of the day, anyone who tells you that Andrew Luck is better than Russell Wilson right now is wrong. He might be someday, but he isn’t now. It’s not even particularly close. Here’s how the three quarterbacks stack up in 2013:









Passer Rating

PFF Grade

Russell Wilson










Andrew Luck










Robert Griffin III











I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here, but there’s not a world where this is close. I haven’t included rushing stats here, but Russell Wilson has more yards on the ground than either of his competitors here. Looking at these numbers, with the exception of the PFF grade, Luck looks closer to the struggling Griffin III than the surging Russell Wilson. The case for Russell Wilson as the best quarterback of his class is even stronger when you throw last year’s stats into the mix and show the career numbers of the three quarterbacks so far:









Passer Rating

PFF Grade

Russell Wilson










Andrew Luck










Robert Griffin III











These numbers are a little unfair to RG3 because they don’t recognize his impressive accomplishments running the ball in 2012. Even so, Russell Wilson has been better than the other two quarterbacks by a pretty enormous margin.

As I said above I know I’m preaching to the choir. If you watch the Seahawks you know just how good Russell Wilson is. Perhaps you have some Colts or Redskins fans you want to settle an argument with or some Pro Bowl votes for Wilson you need to lobby for though. The numbers are objective and they are pretty much indisputable. Someone could make a case for the value of Luck’s volume production, but that’s a flimsy argument given Wilson’s superior efficiency. Seahawks fans already know how good Wilson is and they also probably know that he has been better than Luck or Griffin III. They might not have known the extent of his dominance over his peers. It never hurts to sit back and be thankful for the franchise quarterback that John Schneider bestowed upon this team at the cost of only a 3rd round draft pick. Russell Wilson is quite simply the best. Go Hawks.

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  • BenZo

    Andrew luck is better. He beat niners Seattle and denver. Has more attempts throwing the ball then Russell and he is not on a run heavy team like the seahawks. When luck came in he was on a far worst team then Russell wilson i dont think Russell wilson does that good if he was on the colts. Luck turned that team around. they went from 2-14 to a playoff team

    • dave

      Pure luck.

    • Ben Peterson

      He also lost to the Dolphins, Chargers, and got blown out by the Rams. He’s got a lesser passer rating, fewer TDs, more INTs, lower completions percentage, more than a yard less in YPA.

      What you made are called sentimental arguments. These are facts. There is no disputing them. But I can make sentimental arguments too.

      Luck was handed the starting job, so he got the full offseason to learn the playbook, practice with the first string, work with the coaches, and all that came with it. Wilson had to earn the starting job against a highly paid veteran who was one of the key signings in the offseason.

    • Zev

      I don’t think Luck, if he was 5′ 10 5/8″, does as well as Wilson. That’s as silly as saying Wilson doesn’t do as well as Luck if Wilson was playing for the Colts. Wilson, where he is (playing for the Hawks) at his height and under the game plan strategy Carroll dictates is performing better than Luck. “What if” all you want to, Wilson’s performance is superior. Wilson’s record is superior. Wilson’s improvement is superior. And no matter what I say, you will never be convinced. Good Luck to you.

    • JessieAnderson

      Quarterbacks don’t make teams… Teams make teams. The number prove themselves who is better.

    • skeletony

      No, Andrew Luck did not himself beat ANY NFL team…EVER. He has won exactly ZERO NFL games. You know why this is? Because the NFL is a TEAM SPORT where the QB takes the field with 10 other players and then has to rely on as many as 22 other starters (not including the backups) to do well so the TEAM will win. The Colts BARELY escaped with a win against Seattle in their own forking stadium! How well do you think the Colts would do here in Seattle?
      Speculating on what others may or may not do if they were on other teams is fun and all but it is not grounds for establishing who the better QB is. Watch, I will show you:

      ‘If Bobby Wagner had played on the 2000 Ravens team he would now be considered the greatest defensive player of all time!’


      ‘If Joe Montana had been drafted by the New Orleans Saints he would have gone down as one of the worst QBs of all time!’

      See what I did there? Doesn’t make for a solid argument. Luck did not take over a “Far worse” team in the Colts. They went 2-14 the previous season because Manning was out and they had absolute garbage as the backup QB. If they had even had a decent QB like an Alex Smith or some such then they would have likely went back to the playoffs. Luck is better than decent.
      Wilson took over a Seahawks team who went 7-9 the previous season. You think that was “far better” than the Colts?!

  • Jesse R

    There isn’t a GM in the NFL that would take Wilson over Andrew Luck today… not even Seattle’s. Seattle as one of the worse passing offenses in the league. At the end of the day you will still have to play QB.

    • skeletony

      Where the **** are you getting your information from? The facts do not agree with you.

  • jimpassi

    all i can say is lot’s a luck your going to need it
    we will see who makes the plat off’s & see who goes the farthest
    we got our guy in the 3rd round unlike III they had to sell there sole for years to come

    • skeletony

      WTF are you trying to say and who are you saying it to?!

  • JessieAnderson

    Luck is a great story… on a famed team… with tons of famed QBs… one of which is one of the best in the NFL. For the system he is in it will take time for him to mature but he will be good and maybe even great (HOF.) He is a solid passer with some decent running ability. He is, in essence a pocket passer.

    Russ is developing his pocket game but he is not a pocket passer. He is dangerous out of the pocket… and deadly on the bootleg. He is a modern day assist man and not the atypical drop back and mid-range long ball it. He does not have tremendous arm strength but he has a keen understanding of the game, a model work ethic, and extremely solid leadership skills which are developing at an astronomical pace.

    Wilson also has the privilege of having an extremely deadly D and he spreads the ball better than any of the members of his class. He has explosive play potential and that shows up in how Seattle performs on the football field.

    Yup, I’m a diehard Seahawk fan and I can tell you right now that Russell Wilson is the real deal. He has poise like Luck but has a deeper desire to continue to improve. This is probably the most exciting difference about Russell. He carries a chip on his shoulder (size) coupled with a multi-talented approach (baseball and football.) This give him almost a John Stockton a la Fran…

    • skeletony

      Wrong. Russel Wilson is every bit the pocket passer that Luck is, as well as being far more dangerous out of the pocket. Also Wilson has one of the strongest arms in the NFL (not as strong as say Vick or RGIII but still easily in the top ten). I am not sure where people get these ideas that he is not a pocket passer or does not have a strong arm!?
      Luck is very good and I fully agreed with the Colts for letting Peyton go and sticking with Luck because he is at least comparable to manning and maybe even better for all we know when the dust settles after a few more years and Peyton does not have much time left in that old body.

      But Luck is not yet in the same league with Wilson.

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