Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway loved everything about Seahawks QB Russell Wilson — except his height.
Russell Wilson had a chance to be the heir to Peyton Manning until he came up short.
In a story Monday on ESPN, Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway revealed that Denver wanted to select a quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft that could succeed Peyton Manning after he retires, presumably in a few years. By the second round, the club had whittled their options to two: Wilson and Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler.
They chose Osweiler, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound pocket passer who verbally committed to play basketball for Gonzaga as a freshman at Flathead High School (Kalispell, MT), then changed his mind before his junior year. Osweiler went on to star for the Sun Devils in football. As a junior at ASU, he threw for 4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Following the season, he declared early for the NFL draft.
According to ESPN, Elway loved everything about Wilson — athleticism, attitude and ability to extend plays — but went with Osweiler because he was younger (21). Elway said he thinks that quarterbacks need size to succeed in the NFL.
Their respective rosters officially list Osweiler at 6-foot-7 and Wilson at 5-foot-11, but in person their height difference is likely closer to a foot. For Elway, apparently, that made the difference.