The number one thing Cowboys fans can never agree on? Tony Romo. It’s true; everyone has an opinion about Romo, his abilities, and his future. However, one thing that is for sure is that the Cowboys need to start planning for the future. There are plenty of quarterback prospects in this draft and next years draft that could benefit this team. That being said when I think of drafting a quarterback to replace Romo I think we need to find one with a similar skill set. Regardless of what you think about Romo you can probably agree that his skill set is pretty dang good. He does a good job using his feet to escape pressure; he has a quick release and is (for the most part) an accurate quarterback.
So when I look in this draft and try to fit all the quarterback prospects into our system I also look at when they’ll be available in accordance with our draft needs. One quarterback that jumps off the charts to me is Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson.
Don’t be fooled by the size of Russell Wilson (5-11, 204 lbs) he is a very talented football player. In fact, it’s probably his size that has kept him from being in first round discussions with some of the other quarterbacks we’re hearing about. One of the things I noticed first about Wilson was his ability to throw on the run with accuracy. It doesn’t matter which side he’s being pressured from he can throw the ball from any side and square his body quick enough to make great throws. Wilson is full of positives as a quarterback; he has shown intelligence in reading defenses, pocket passing ability, and the intangible ability to make a play. Possibly his most underrated and impressive ability is his arm strength he seems to be able to make all the throws with relative ease.
When you look at the Wisconsin quarterback it’s easy to see his ability. What you don’t see is that you have a player who was voted team captain at both NC State and Wisconsin. You don’t see that Wilson was actually drafted by the Colorado Rockies as a 2nd baseman in 2009. You also don’t see that Wilson’s father was a football player for the San Diego Chargers. You’re not just getting a guy with good tape with Wilson; you’re getting a leader who has a pedigree and a reputation for being a hell of an athlete.
Wilson is by no means a plug in immediately starter. He will have to be coached properly on running a professional style offense at NFL speed. Wilson is a smart player who is a hard worker and could at least offer the Cowboys a possible quarterback for the future in the mid-late rounds. His skills are similar to that of Tony Romo’s and would allow the young Cowboys team to face a seamless transition into the future without completely retooling the offense.
I’m not saying that the Wilson is going to be the next Staubach or even the next Romo. I am saying that the Cowboys need to start trying to find the next franchise quarterback because Romo isn’t getting any younger. There are higher needs in this draft but if Wilson is available staring you in the face you have the pull the trigger.