Just call Russell Wilson the incredible shrinking man.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis the Wisconsin product measured in at 5-foot-10 and 5/8 inches. So you think you would round up, right? But most folks are referring to Wilson as 5-10 instead of 5-11.
So by the end of this season Wilson will be 5-9 and headed toward Spud Webb territory.
I took a look back at some of the quarterbacks who have played the game at 6-foot or under, and came up with an eclectic mix of scramblers, game managers and guys that could get it done from the pocket.
Since 1983, every Super Bowl winning quarterback except Drew Brees has stood 6′ 2″ or better.
Only five quarterbacks on NFL rosters were 6-foot or under last season – Drew Brees, Chase Daniel, Seneca Wallace, Mike Vick and Troy Smith.
Some quarterbacks who were successful at 6-1 include Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Dave Krieg, Jeff Blake, Jeff Garcia and Mark Brunell.
Check out the list below.
NFL Quarterbacks 6-foot-and-under
|Name||Height||W-L||Passing yds.||Comp. per.||Passer rt.||TDs||INT||Yrs played||Pro Bowls||Drafted|
|Fran Tarkenton||6'0''||124-109-6||47,000||57||80.4||342||266||61-78||9||3rd round|
|Drew Brees||6'0''||92-61||40,742||65.9||94||281||146||01-present||6||2nd round|
|Y.A. Tittle||6'0''||78-52-5||33,070||55.2||74.3||242||248||48-64||7||1st round|
|Sonny Jurgensen||5'11''||69-73-7||32,224||57.1||82.6||255||189||57-74||5||4th round|
|Len Dawson||6'0''||94-57-8||28,711||571||82.6||239||183||57-75||7||1st round|
|Joe Theismann||6'0''||77-47||25,206||56.7||77.4||160||138||74-85||2||4th round|
|Billy Kilmer||6'0''||61-52-1||20,495||53.1||71.6||152||146||61-78||1||1st round|
|Micahel Vick||6'0''||53-37-1||17,912||56||84.9||111||72||01-present||4||1st round|
|Doug Flutie||5'10''||38-28||14,715||54.7||76.3||86||68||86-05||1||11th round|
|Eddie LeBaron||5'9''||26-52-3||13,399||50||61.4||104||141||52-63||4||10th round|
|Pat Haden||5'11''||35-19||9,296||53.6||69.6||52||60||76-81||1||7th round|
|Bob Berry||5'11''||20-29-3||9,197||56.4||77.2||64||64||65-75||0||11th round|
|Ty Detmer||6'0''||11-14||6,351||57.7||74.7||34||35||93-03||0||9th round|
|Seneca Wallace||5'11''||6-15||4,808||59.2||81.3||31||18||05-present||0||4th round|
|Ted Marchibroda||5'10''||4-7||2,169||44.7||45.3||16||29||53-57||0||1st round|
|Troy Smith||6'0''||4-4||1,734||51.7||78.5||8||5||07-present||0||5th round|
|Marlon Briscoe||5'11''||2-3||1,697||41.6||62.1||14||13||68||0||14th round|
Another interesting list is the quarterbacks selected in the third round since 1998. Among these quarterbacks, only Matt Schaub, Brian Griese, Trent Edwards and Colt McCoy went on to become regular starters in the league.
Check out the list below
Quarterbacks drafted in the third round since 1998
|Name||Year||Team||W-L||Passer Rating||Total Yds.|
Of those four, only Griese has a winning record (45-38).
And McCoy will have to hold off first round pick Brandon Weeden to remain Cleveland’s starter.
Two of them, Giovanni Carmazzi (Niners, 2000) and David Greene (Seahawks, 2005) never played a snap in the NFL.
An interesting note, third round quarterbacks drafted since 1998 together have a 132-190 (41 percent) winning percentage.
So by selecting Wilson in the third round, maybe the Seahawks are not betting on him becoming a franchise quarterback, but simply a capable backup who has the potential to be a starter in the league.
At least that’s what former Indianapolis Colts head personnel man Bill Polian said about quarterbacks selected in the third round when discussing Seattle selecting Wilson.
“He’s not going to be a starting quarterback,” Polian said about Wilson. “That’s not what you draft him to be. You draft him to be a backup quarterback who can play six games a year. And if he plays six games a year, there’s every likelihood that you’ll win four if you’ve got a good defense.
“That’s a valuable commodity in the National Football League.”