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Monday, February 3, 2014
Wilson leading Tannehill, 2012 QB class

By James Walker

Here is a memo to Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the 2012 quarterback class: Russell Wilson is now leading the pack.

Andrew Luck has the stats. Robert Griffin III has the hype. Tannehill also has the first-round status.

But Wilson is the first to get a Super Bowl ring. Checkmate.

Wilson was stellar in the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He had a 123.1 passer rating in the biggest game of his young career. Keep in mind Wilson was the forgotten quarterback of the 2012 draft and went in the third round.

But two years later Wilson got his first championship with Seattle. His success the past two seasons has far surpassed his counterparts. Quarterbacks are measured by wins and losses more than any other position. Luck, RGIII and Tannehill -- who all went in the first round -- have just one playoff win combined.

There are other notable quarterbacks in the deep 2012 class. Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles, Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns and Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins also are looking to make their marks.

But no quarterback from the 2012 draft has made the biggest imprint on the NFL so far than Wilson. He is setting the bar for success compared to his fellow draftmates.