NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin All Green Bay Packers All the Time
NFL Draft Prospect Russell Wilson, QB Wisconsin
Could Russell Wilson hear his name called much earlier than expected?

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

Player information:

  • Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
  • 5-foot-11, 210 lbs.
  • Wilson excelled at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine where he let his overall athleticism and skillset take center stage. He finished with some of the fastest times in the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuffle.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.55 Seconds 40-yard dash
  • 4.09 Seconds 20-yard shuttle
  • 6.97 Seconds 3-cone drill
  • 118.0 Inches broad jump
  • 34.0 Inches vertical jump
  • N/A bench press reps
  • 31″ arm length
  • 10 1/4″ hands

News & Notes:

As a three-year starter for North Carolina State, Wilson established himself as one of the best and most efficient quarterbacks in college.   After transferring to the University of Wisconsin, Wilson threw for over 3,000 yards with 33 touchdowns and only four interceptions as he led one of the most potent offenses in the nation.

What they’re saying about him:

National Football Post (Wes Bunting): “Wilson is a plus athlete who can spin the football and gives you a nice run/pass threat. However he’s undersized, is going to struggle to consistently make plays from the pocket and is still learning how to work his way through defenses. He is worth a pick late, but I don’t see the guy as a potential starter in the NFL. Reserve only.”

CBS Sports: “Athletic, strong-armed and poised under pressure, Wilson proved to be an immediate standout in two power conferences, easing concerns about his ability to handle the jump in size and competition in the NFL despite his less than ideal stature. Every short quarterback is inevitably compared to Drew Brees. Considering Wilson’s production, winning percentage and leadership, he’s one of the few who warrant being mentioned in the same breath as the Saints’ All-Pro.”

NFL Combine: ” Wilson’s height will be his biggest inhibitor at the next level and the largest reason for his late-round value. It remains to be seen if he can throw effectively from the pocket at the next level. Wilson is an accurate passer. He is a very mechanical quarterback who is consistent in his drop step and thoroughly understands how to move within the pocket and evade when the pocket collapses. He is an athlete and can torque his body to make any sort of throw on the run, and is accurate in this setting. He is a born signal caller who shows command of the offense. He has the arm strength to make the deep throws and the touch to put it on a receiver in stride. He is effective when scrambling and is a classic play extender.”


Video Analysis:

  • It’s easy to see why many believe Wilson will be a successful quarterback due to his ability to make all the throws at the next level.
  • His athleticism and ability to pick up extra yards with his feet is another added bonus to his play.
  • There was rarely a time when his height affected him in a negative way, even though he played behind a massive offensive line at Wisconsin.
  • Displays great vision and has the ability to find secondary options through progressions.
  • Has a nice touch on bucket throws, but can also throw with velocity on intermediate routes.
  • A true leader and a player who will do whatever it takes to help his team win games.
  • FireMMNow

    would love to get him in the 5th round. i also see him as a career backup, but he could be a good one. if you need him to win a couple games. I prefer a mobile backup QB who can pick up a few key firstdowns with his legs. If he was 4 inches taller he would be a first round guy, but then again if i was faster, stronger and more athletic i might be a first round guy too.

  • Ron LC

    I think he’ll be there in the 6th. At that position go for him. I’d rather have a guy at 5’11” who can extend plays and throw with accuracy than a 6’7″ geek who trips over his own feet. A real bargain at 6.

  • Agree. I would definitely take a chance on him in a late round. Could be the perfect backup compliment to Rodgers…

  • Mojo

    Yeah, I think he’d be a great prospect also, but I don’t think he’ll last past the fourth round.

  • BubbaOne

    You guys took your goofy pills before writing your comments. I’m both a fan of Wilson’s and the WI Badgers but I wouldn’t take him before the 7th round. A successful 6′ QB like Drew Brees (6002)comes along once a generation and you’re thinking about taking a QB almost 1 1/2 inches shorter (5107) than him, really? I’m not saying he’s not talented, I think he’s reached his ceiling (pun intended).
    There’s better choices in rounds 5 (Coleman), in 6 (G.J. Kinne), and in 7 (David Legree, Austin Davis). I wonder if you guys are homers being he’s a UW guy. Would you feel the same about him if he played in the Big 10 at Indiana? I wonder if UW-Whitewater’s Matt Blanchard would be a better choice long term.

    • Steve Cheez

      Does nobody remember the Randy Wright glory days?

  • Tarynfor 12

    With a couple of MMs QB schools under his belt,I can’t see how B.J.Coleman couldn’t step in for Rodgers and keep a more than decent beat going.
    When looking for a back-up,TT can do a lot worse but not much better.I’d use a 4th comp on him with no reservations.

    • BubbaOne

      If I say that’s “too high” for him does he automatically become a Detroit Lion. I think TT could get him in the 5th.

      Ryan Lindley I’d take w/ a 4th round comp pick.