Here in Seattle, we have whats known as a QB competition. Usually its between one starter, and one backup that’s poised with enough experience and knowledge to take the starters spot. Last year, the Seahawks had no competition as Tarvaris Jackson was named the starter due to the lockout and his knowledge of the Darrell Bevell offense. This year, things are different. The Seahawks still have Jackson, but they brought in a high-profile free agent named Matt Flynn, and they also drafted a rookie, Russell Wilson. This will be a comparison article on how each player has evolved into who they are right now for the Seahawks.
Name College # HT/WT 40-yard Vertical 20yard Shuffle 3 cone
Tarvaris Jackson Alabama State 7 6’2 226 4.69 31 1/2 4.40 7.41
Matt Flynn LSU 15 6’2 231 4.79 28 4.34 7.21
Russell Wilson Wisconsin 16 5’11 204 4.55 34 4.09 6.97
Jackson was projected to go in rounds 6-7, he went in the second round, pick 32 by the Vikings. Flynn was projected to go in round 7 or free agency, and he was picked up in round 7 pick 2 by the Packers. Wilson was projected to go in rounds 3 or 4, and was selected by the Seahawks in round 3 pick 12. Jackson was 14th out of 83 Qb’s, Flynn was 13th our of 107 Qb’s, and Wilson was 7th out of 80 Qb’s. All this data was compiled from Nfldraftscout.com.
Jackson, in his senior year at Alabama State completed 195 of 320 pass attempts (60.9%) for 2,941 yards. He threw for 29 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. Jackson as well rushed 103 times for 285 yards (2.8 average), scoring three times. Overall, as a Hornet, Jackson started 35 out of 36 games completing 537 out of 985 passes (54.5%). He also rushed 259 times for 982 yards (3.8 average), scoring eleven times. Cbssports.com analysis of Jackson says that he had good muscle development, was fast on his feet, and had good accuracy on short to intermediate throws when he could place his feet. His negatives were that he held onto the ball too long when focusing on his primary receiver, resulting in numerous sacks. He was very poor at reading the defenses, and tried to place the ball uncomfortably to receivers, making them adjust their routes. Jackson had the size, pocket movement, and foot speed to make it as a West Coast Offense, but needed to fix some of his mechanics.
Flynn, in his senior year at LSU completed 202 of 359 passes (56.3%) for 2,407 yards. He threw for 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Flynn also carried the ball 100 times for 215 yards (2.2 average), scoring four times. Overall, during his Tiger years, Flynn completed 245 of 437 passes, for 3,096 yards (56.1%). Scoring 30 touchdowns, to only 13 interceptions. He ran the ball 128 times for 340 yards (2.7 average), reaching the end zone five times. Cbssports.com analysis listed Flynn as a good decision maker, that is a valid threat to gain yardage with his feet. Solid competitor who knows when to pull the ball and run. Flynn is comfortable when the pocket is collapsing, and has the accuracy to make short to intermediate throws without making the receiver adjust to his throws. His negatives were that he cannot consistently heave the ball downfield in long throws, and he has a tendency to telegraph his throws. He needs to develop a more consistent over the top delivery instead of winding up, which results in a lot of his passes being deflected at the line.
Wilson, as a senior for Wisconsin, completed 206 out of 284 passes(72.5%) for 2,879 yards. He threw for 31 touchdowns, only allowing 3 interceptions. He also rushed 73 times for 320 yards(2.2 average), scoring 5 touchdowns. Overall, through his collegiate career (3 years at North Carolina State, Senior year at Wisconsin) Wilson amassed 888 completions on 1464 attempts (61%) for a total of 11,424 yards. Passed for 107 touchdowns versus 29 interceptions. He rushed 453 times for 1403 yards (3.2 average), scoring 22 touchdowns. Cbssports.com listed Wilson as the most efficient passer, eclipsing a 191.78 passer rating, over 22 points higher than Andrew Luck. Wilson delivers a tight spiral that is easily tracked and caught. Wilson can easily put the ball anywhere on the field accurately with zip or touch. The only negatives that is mentioned is about his lack of ideal height. Wilson is also not a one sport player. He was drafted in the 2009 draft for baseball, going to the Colorado Rockies. He has since notified the Rockies, he will be pursuing football solely.
All three Qbs that the Seahawks have competing for the starter role have had very good collegiate careers. Technically only one of these guys has the NFL experience. Jackson started for the Seahawks last year, and had also previously started for the Vikings. Flynn has started two different games for the Packers, but overall doesn’t have a full season to evaluate what he can do. Wilson doesn’t have any NFL experience at all, but the fact that he lead two different football teams makes a huge statement. Wonderlic scores have been important to many people, so their scores were: Jackson: 19, Flynn: 38, Wilson: 28. According to ProFootballWeekly, Average NFL specs are: 6’3, 223 lbs, with a 40 yard dash time of 4.81 and a wonderlic of 25. All three Qbs are faster than the average 40 yard dash, but they are also shorter. Wilson and Flynn have higher Wonderlic scores than the average Qb as well. Several great college Qbs have been bombs in the NFL, as well as some late round picks have flourished into great NFL Qbs. The Seahawks have Qbs from three different rounds in the draft, and three different talents. Learn their names, and their numbers, Tarvaris Jackson-7, Matt Flynn-15, and Russell Wilson-3, one of these guys will be starting for the Seahawks this year.