Russell Wilson savors slamming experts that ripped Seahawks’ 2012 draft class (photo)
Hindsight is 20-20, as the saying goes, and that goes double — 40-40? That doesn’t make sense — when assessing the merits of a draft class for an NFL team during a particular year. Forecasting how certain players will fare after taking the next step to the NFL can be a perilous case of prognostication, rife with unforeseen developments compounded by the unscientific means by which experts attempt to grade an overall draft class.
Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson has a good memory when it comes to remembering those who slighted the Seattle Seahawks when attempting to objectively critique the players the team selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Looking back, selecting linebacker Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia with the 15th-overall selection in the first round seemed like a bit of a reach at worst, a questionable choice at best, as was picking Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson with the 75th pick in the third round. The team’s other draft picks also were generally panned overall.
While many well-known sites questioned the wisdom behind the Seahawks’ 2012 draft class as a whole, Bleacher Report savaged the team, giving the Seahwaks an “F” for an overall grade:
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.
That may have looked like a reasonable assessment back then, but now? Not so much. And Wilson remembers all the naysayers and appears to be singling out Bleacher Report specifically in the following tweet:
The 2012 @seahawks draft class. They graded us as an F. Now we are World Champs! #GodisGood #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/HuOjkuOYVa
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 5, 2014
Bam! Consider yourselves served, Bleacher Report!
CBS Sports’ Eye on Football expertly points out that Bleacher Report wasn’t alone in questioning how the Seahawks conducted its draft in 2012.
B/R wasn’t alone in ripping the Seahawks’ selection of Wilson; our own Pete Prisco gave the pick a D and gave the Seahawks a C+ for the entire draft, noting that Bruce Irvin is “the key” to turning it around.
Mel Kiper of ESPN gave the Seahawks a C- for the draft and questioned the Wilson pick as well. Chris Burke of SI.com pointed out that Wilson has “a bright future” but gave the Hawks a C and wondered about the pick as well because of Flynn.
Fair enough, but Bleacher Report was the site that gave Seattle an “F,” so it could be argued that Wilson had every right to call the site out … in light of how things have gone down since that weekend in late April, 2012.
Makes one wonder why experts even bother grading-out draft classes with knee-jerk reactions in the first place. Oh yeah, because most of them get paid absurd amounts of money to do it.