But that was in the days leading up to last September’s draft when the club was heavily focused on making the leap from 6’3” quarterback Robert Griffin III to the next generation of talent. When Wilson was the first overall pick, he was a quarterback with a cannon for an arm and was coming off a season in Washington where he led all FBS quarterbacks with over 4,000 yards passing. He was so efficient that on a national level, NFL Draft experts rated him as the 6th best quarterback. Wilson was a 6-foot-3, 220-pound runner with a cannon and was regarded as a possible 6-foot-6, 220-pound gunslinger/shooter. Wilson was a high school all-city selection and also played basketball at South Carolina State in the early 2000’s. He attended Alabama-Birmingham from 2007-2010. As a senior at A-State in 2009, he passed for over 3,000 yards and set a Alabama record with 37 touchdown passes. He was a team captain for his team and was very much a leader and leader in the locker room. Although he did not see any major play time for the Crimson Tide during his career, he made a difference in the locker room when he finished an outstanding freshman season in 2005. Wilson was also a standout cornerback for his senior season where he had six interceptions and was a third team all-conference selection.
He was also on the defensive line in high school, including starting and even starting two games for the defending Alabama state title team. His time at Alabama was limited to his freshman year of high school, but there are some indications that he had been a starter for at least two years before he started playing football. On the recruiting trail, Wilson was committed to Auburn and Arizona State. He was also considered as high as #6 to USC when the two schools parted ways.
Wilson’s stock fell to the middle of the pack as the NFL Draft began. As the picks rolled, Wilson’s name remained at the top of the board, and even rose higher as the day wore on. Some teams liked him so much, they selected several of his former high school teammates for the Redskins’ scout team. He was also a standout at Auburn when he had a productive season in 2010 that included 22 touchdowns. Wilson was the MVP of the SEC Tournament, where he had a career 3.5.5 rushing average in the first round of the tournament. Wilson was recruited by teams coming out of the SEC Conference like Texas, Florida, and LSU. During his time at Auburn, Wilson was also a member of the team’s varsity basketball team. There he ran the table with the scoring in the high school and college basketball. He was also a member of the basketball team where he had a 10-game scoring streak. He was also a member of both teams that placed second at his high school. So he already has a high school and college basketball pedigree.
Wilson was also a student and was a standout at the community college level where he held a 2.8 GPA. There, he was also active in student government in his day job. He was also a member of the football team during his time in college and he had four games that year and had a total of 12 total tackles and four pass breakoffs.
On November 13, it was announced that Wilson was selected sixth overall by the Redskins and will be a fourth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Here’s Pete Carroll speaking about Wilson, “ I can’t wait to work with him. I can’t wait to be around his teammates and with them and understand his game, understand what he brings to our football team and what kind of person he’s that we can have on the field and be close with because of his passion and talent.”
“ You know when you sit and watch our guys take a hit they come running back,” Carroll said about the young quarterback. “He’s one of those guys that gets ready, he just needs to get his act together. He has the potential to be quite the character guy.”
On the same day that he was selected, Wilson was also awarded a Purple Heart for his injury during a training camp practice in August 2011 with the Washington Redskins . According to the Associated Press, Wilson has returned from that injury to be a member of their 2012 camp and is ready to “be a leader in the locker room.” He is also expected to play in the team’s regular season opener next weekend at Seattle and could even make this year’s preseason game against the New York Giants , too.
Wilson is entering his second year of playing football and he has the ability to be a highly-touted player over the next two years. He has a lot of attributes that should give him the chance to show what