Despite lasting until the 3rd round of the '12 Draft, Russell Wilson may be the NFL's best rookie.
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There's a new type of quarterback emerging in the NFL: the super-mobile play-caller who can run the ball as well as he throws. Russell Wilson may be the prototype, but that may be all that's typical about him.
Wilson, 24, was the biggest surprise among 2012's amazing crop of stud quarterbacks. Not selected until the third round of the '12 Draft (No. 75 overall), the undersized, underrated, and under-hyped Wisconsin grad was downright dominant in preseason play, forcing the Seahawks to start him ahead of highly-touted veteran free agent signee Matt Flynn.
While Seattle used him conservatively in the early weeks of the 2012 campaign, Wilson's unique mix of poise, polish, and professionalism saw him quietly rack up yards and touchdown passes while impressively limiting interceptions. The former Colorado Rockies second base prospect earned a bigger role every week, finishing the season with the most TD passes (26) and second-most rush yards (489) of all this year's first-year pivots. Already a Pro Bowler, Wilson may find himself playing for a championship sooner rather than later.