Originally posted by NinerBuff:
But Russell Wilson demonstrates that sometimes the 'smart guys' get it wrong too.
I don't think you'll find a single person that doubted his talent last year, the issue was his size, or lack of it. Guys like Kiper and Mayock had him as a Top 10 caliber player but felt that he would fall simply due to his height. Mayock specifically never said that Wilson would struggle due to his height, but that he would be drafted far lower than he rightfully should but that he'd be a great performer in the NFL. Matt Williamson of ESPN was on the Russell Wilson bandwagon all along. He had him marked as the best QB in the NFC West like a couple days after the draft.
This year, you don't have anybody being doubted because of periphery issue, a lot of these QB prospects, the questions are regarding their accuracy, ability to play in a pro-style offense, arm strength, reading defenses...etc...etc. I'm sure that a couple of them will turn out to be pretty good pro's, but ultimately its a crapshoot, this is one of the worst QB drafts I can remember, the last really bad one like this was 1997, where there was absolutely no 1st round QB talent...which still didn't stop the 49ers from drafting the Drunk. Beyond that you had Jake Plummer and a crapload of trash at QB, guys like Danny Wuerffel, Pat Barnes, Mike Cherry and Chuck Clements, just an awful awful draft for QB's.
I don't think this draft will nearly be as bad as that one, but you don't have anyone that is ready to go, every single prospect should be sitting for at least a season or two to simply watch and learn, none of them are guys who are ready to go out of the box the way Luck, RG3 and Wilson were last year.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM ]