Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in Dan Pompei’s “Sunday Blitz.”
If Russell Wilson or Kellen Moore had Andrew Luck’s size, the first round of the draft might have looked a little different. As it was, the two little guys found homes much later, Wilson going to the Seahawks in the third round and Moore signing with the Lions as a free agent.
The reports from each team’s rookie camp indicated both players might have an NFL future worth monitoring. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll even is saying Wilson could contend for a starting job.
So what I wanted to know is what the Seahawks and Lions saw in Wilson and Moore that others did not. Or more specifically, why they thought Wilson and Moore could compensate for being 5-10 and 6-0, respectively.
Wilson was almost universally rated considerably higher than Moore. Even though Moore is about an inch and a half taller, Wilson plays like a bigger quarterback. He has a thicker build and bigger hands (10