- Mike Wells, ESPN Staff Writer
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He was a third-round pick who was considered too small to have much of an impact on an NFL team. He wasn’t even supposed to start. Matt Flynn was supposed to be the Seahawks' starting quarterback.
But almost 22 months after that draft, Wilson is the first quarterback of his class to win a Super Bowl.
Did he dazzle or dominate the Super Bowl?
Not even close. Seattle’s defense did those things. But Wilson still has a ring.
That brings into question: Is Wilson now the best quarterback of that group?
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts has the complete package. Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has the hype -- and the commercials. Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins came into his own in his second season. You also can’t forget about Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins and Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns, who were also picked in 2012.
“I think Luck far and away is No. 1 in that class still,” ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson said.
A lot of NFL players agree with Williamson. That’s why Luck finished second to only Denver’s Peyton Manning as the player they would want to start a team with.
This is no knock on Wilson because he’s the second best quarterback in that group behind Luck. Wilson has already won 24 games and the all-important Super Bowl.
It should be noted, though, that Wilson doesn’t have to shoulder the load the same way Luck does. He has a dominant defense and power running game supporting his arm and swift feet.
The Colts are aching to have both of those things to go with Luck.
“Wilson really hasn’t played all that well over the last month and a half or so and they were still winning,” Williamson said. “He has a great roster around him. And the Seahawks are smart, they don’t ask him to do a ton. Even [Sunday], he played well, but he wasn’t the best player on the field. For the Colts to win, Luck has to be the best player on the field, and he often is.”
Take Luck off the Colts and there’s no way -- and I sincerely mean no way -- that they would have won 22 regular-season games and a playoff game the past two seasons. Indianapolis would likely be preparing for another high draft pick because of the makeup of its roster and the injuries it dealt with this season.
That’s a compliment to how good of a player Luck is and his value to the team.
“Look at the Colts’ roster, they have a ton of flaws, not to mention somewhat questionable coaching this year,” Williamson said. “They tried to shove [Trent] Richardson into a round-hole type of deal. Losing [Reggie] Wayne, losing [Dwayne] Allen and Luck has a lot more on his plate then Wilson and the rest of those young quarterbacks. And [Luck’s] further along, too. He sees the field really well. All those things people said about him right out of school. He’s just rare. He’s not like everybody else.”