Aug 15, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball in for a touchdown against San Diego Chargers defensive back Alden Darby (40) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
2013 Statistics: 3,357 yards passing, 27 total TDs, 9 INTs, 529 yards rushing, 58.9 QBR
The gap between numbers two and one on this list is closing, and it’s closing faster than people think.
Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship last season, and there’s no reason to believe that he can’t do it again. ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski still says he would take Andrew Luck, Nick Foles, and other stereotypical pocket passers over the smaller Wilson, but the times are changing.
More dual-threat quarterbacks are coming out of high school and college: Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Wilson has led the charge.
Wilson rarely makes mistakes with the football, shown by his 3:1 touchdown to interception ratio. The former baseball player has shown he has a much stronger arm than people give him credit for and is always a threat to make plays with his legs (see Wilson’s 529 rushing yards from last season).
And to go with Wilson’s tangibles, he has a full set of intangibles as well. He was voted a team captain in his second season, revealing his strong leadership qualities.
On top of that, Wilson frequents the Children’s Hospital in Seattle giving him that “good guy” image that all teams want in their franchise quarterback.
He may have a worse QBR than Kaepernick, but who has a Super Bowl ring again?