Originally Posted by mussop
Uh huh and Manziel won the heisman as a redshirt freshman.
Uh huh against lesser competition than Manziel faced.
Is short and height limits his field vision at times. Limited drop-back production. Inconsistent ball placement. Will vacate the pocket prematurely. Locks on to receivers. Has made some questionable decisions late in games (see East Carolina and Virginia Tech 2010, Michigan State 2011). Is under contract with the Colorado Rockies, and his commitment to football needs to be evaluated.
An instinctive, multisport athlete with a terrific work ethic and likable personality, Wilson has nearly everything you desire intangibly, including toughness, competitiveness and leadership. Never will be a prototypical dropback, pocket passer, as his height always will be a limiting factor, but he has the arm, legs and smarts to grow into an effective backup in a system where he can utilize play-action, rollouts, and improv skills to make plays. Versatile player who could even be sprinkled into the game plan on a weekly basis to take advantage of his dual-threat ability. Is the type of player you root for and want on your roster.
Sounds a lot like a Manziel only not as highly rated.
I think the baseball thing was also a big knock on Russell Wilson. If there was any question that he was going to the MLB instead of the NFL, then he immediately gets dropped off your board. There are only 7 rounds in the NFL, you gotta make your picks count, so prospects with dual-sport capability and the obvious interest in the other sport need to be scrutinized more. Clearly Wilson convinced an MLB team believe in his willingness to play baseball enough that they drafted him in the 4th round. That's a pretty high pick in a draft that lasts 50 rounds.
As a player, the MLB is much more lucrative due to the length of your career, and as a person it is much easier on your body. I think anyone with any concern for themselves and their family should choose the MLB and NBA over the NFL. It's really a no-brainer if you can compete at the top level of either sport. If I were a GM, I would be very concerned about fighting over a player who may go to the MLB, and I sure as hell wouldn't spend a 1st round pick unless I knew for certain he would choose my team over the Rockies.