Hindsight is 20/20.
It’s easy to look back at the 2012 NFL Draft and say Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll got a steal picking undersized quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round.
But right after that draft happened, many of the so-called experts didn’t give the Seahawks much love.
Take, for example, Donald Wood of Bleacher Report, who graded the Seahawks an “F,” calling the selection of Wilson "the worst move of the draft."
“After one of the worst picks in the first round I can ever remember, the Seattle Seahawks didn't draft any positions of need or draft for the future.
Pete Carroll is proving why he didn’t make it in the NFL the first time. Not only was Bruce Irvin a reach at No. 15, the Seahawks proved they were oblivious to their madness by celebrating their selection.
As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day."
Fellow columnist Matt Miller didn't like it, either.
"The Seahawks received our lowest Round 1 grade for their reach to grab Bruce Irvin at No. 15 overall. They messed up again in Round 3 with Russell Wilson after having signed Matt Flynn this offseason. Neither pick makes much sense to us.
Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin saved the Seattle draft, but two of its first three picks were just bad."
John Rozum. another Bleacher Report columnist, re-graded the draft right before the start of the 2012 season and gave Seattle a B.
Here are the numbers for "worst move" of the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Regular season starts: 32
- Record: 24-8 (most wins by a QB in first two seasons)
- Completion percentage: 63.6%
- Yards: 6,475
- Touchdowns: 52 (tied for second most by QB in first two seasons)
- Interceptions: 19
- 1,028 yards rushing, 5 rushing TDs
- 7 fourth quarter comebacks
- 9 game-winning drives
- Playoff record: 2-1