Seahawks' Russell Wilson not yet a top-five NFL quarterback

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Russell Wilson has had a tremendous start to his NFL Career, putting together a résumé packed with achievements:

» Super Bowl XLVIII champion
» 24-8 regular-season record, 4-1 in the playoffs
» 52 career touchdown passes against 19 interceptions
» Fourth-highest passer rating of any QB in his first two seasons
» Two-time Pro Bowl selection

The Seahawks' superstar has yet to be revealed in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2014," but we know he's one of five quarterbacks remaining on the list.

His NFL accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, but with just two full seasons under his belt, has Wilson shown enough to be considered a top-five quarterback?

  • Marc Sessler @MarcSesslerNFL
  • Wilson's not there yet, but his time could still come

    Russell Wilson's accomplishments over two seasons are exceptional, but I'm not ready to call him a top-five passer. Not yet.

    By all accounts, the "Top 100" is a nebulous concoction of recent accomplishments and career accolades. From where we stand today, though, my top five would include Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and one fellow too often overlooked: Ben Roethlisberger. Each of these signal-callers have single-handedly pulled their teams into January play. Wilson hasn't been asked to carry Seattle's ultra-deep roster -- not the same way -- and I'd still take Andrew Luck over Russell if I were starting a team today.

    The top five, though, is stocked with grey-whiskered veterans not far from the end. Wilson will enter the conversation soon enough.
  • Dave Dameshek @Dameshek
  • Too soon to crown the young running QBs

    Russell Wilson and the other young running QBs have transformed and expanded the way we view the position, but it's too soon to rank any of them alongside Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees.

    That sentiment isn't based on some curmudgeonly view about what NFL quarterbacks should look or play like. Matter of fact, this 'Reality Shek' video shows my inclination FOR the 21st-century version of the position.

    Rather, the younger QBs -- Wilson, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, et al -- are all still on their rookie contracts, which means there's more loot available to their teams to address other needs. Those guys will all soon benefit from lucrative second deals -- presumably for somewhere in the range of $20 million per season -- but their teams will likely suffer a hit to their overall depth. Let's call it "The Flacco Conundrum": Joe Flacco was good enough to take a deep 2012 Ravens squad to glory when he was still on his rookie contract, but the team was a mediocre 8-8 after Flacco signed his $120.6 million deal. That's not to beat up on Flacco: You have to pay your franchise QB if he delivers playoff wins, but, the question is, can he keep doing it when he comprises such an inordinate percentage of the budget?

    Whether any or all of the passers drafted in 2011 and '12 can keep their teams in the mix for the Lombardi Trophy won't really be known 'til they get into those contracts and are asked to carry even more of the load. Meantime, let's just all agree Matt Ryan probably can't.

The "Top 100 Players of 2014" continues Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network, with the reveal of players ranked Nos. 11-20.



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