Russell Wilson (2012-3rd round)
There should be little doubt that Russell Wilson is the best draft pick of the John Schneider and Pete Carroll era. Is he the best player that Schneider has drafted? That’s debatable. Would he be the best linebacker? No. Would Bobby Wagner be a better quarterback than Wilson? No. But Wilson is 100 percent the more important player.
Wilson wasn’t at his best in the second half of 2020. Seattle lost in the first game they played in the playoffs. In 2015 in the second half of the season, Wilson was absolutely brilliant throwing just one pick after week 9. Seattle lost in the second round of the playoffs and should have lost in cold Minnesota in the first round.
So while Russell Wilson isn’t the sole reason for the Seahawks endgame success or failure, there should also be no doubt that Seattle simply would have nowhere near the success they have had since Wilson became the quarterback in 2012.
Wilson is the best quarterback in franchise history and it isn’t close. He leads in every important statistical category and the difference is only going to get greater. But the most important category is wins of which Wilson has 98 in nine seasons, an average of nearly 11 a year. There is one major reason the Seahawks are in playoff contention every year and his name is Russell Wilson.