It has taken the Seattle Seahawks 37 drafts to finally get it right and draft a starting quarterback in Russell Wilson. Jim Zorn and Dave Krieg were undrafted and the Seahawks traded for Matt Hasselbeck.
The Seahawks have had some 381 picks through the years and either from bad scouting or bad luck could never draft a starting QB. Twice they used their first round pick on quarterbacks and both became bust with Dan McGwire and Rick Mirer. It amazes me how long a team can go without drafting and developing their own quarterback.
Then the quarterback they choose with their 75th pick of the 2012 draft, Russell Wilson is deemed to short to play the position. I thought he would just come in and be the back up to Matt Flynn. With only two weeks before the season started, Pete Carroll announces that Russell Wilson will be the starting QB for the Hawks.
After the first eight games the Hawks were 4-4 but had a chance to win all those games. In week ten against the Jets the offense started to open-up more for Russell Wilson. By week 13 in Chicago most fans had that, "aha" moment and could see a long term starting quarterback in Russell Wilson with his overtime win against the Bears. Once they utilized the read option things just opened up for Wilson. In his game against the Bills when he ran 42-yards for three touchdowns, he was only touched once by a defender and that was a shove in the back right at the goal line.
Russell Wilson has the poise in the huddle, scrambling ability to avoid sacks and throwing accuracy to lead the Seahawks to a Superbowl. He has also caught the National media attention and his name is being brought up for Rookie of the Year. He is only two touchdown throws away from passing Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie. Ken Griffey Jr. might want to look over his shoulder as favorite Seattle athlete. There is a new kid in town and his name is Russell Wilson. Go Hawks!
Here is a list off all the QB's drafted by the Seahawks:
1976 Pick 93 Steve Meyer Pick 461 Chris Rowland
1977 Pick 254 Sam Adkins (only player to wear #12)
1978-1984 No quarterback was selected in any of these years. (I know there was a rifled armed QB that went undrafted in 1978 named Warren Moon and he was sitting in our own backyard. The NFL wasn't ready for an African-American QB, our loss. Also in the 1983 draft we passed on Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Ken O'Brien)
1985 Pick 277 John Connor
1986 Pick 291 David Norrie
1987 Pick 216 Sammy Garza
1988-1989 No quarterback was selected in these years.
1990 Pick 312 John Gromos
1991 Pick 16 Dan McGwire (Hawks passed on Brett Favre who went 33)
1993 Pick 2 Rick Mirer
1994-1998 No quarterback was selected in these years.
1999 Pick 77 Brock Huard
2001 Pick 172 Josh Booty
2002 Pick 232 Jeff Kelly
2003 Pick 110 Seneca Wallace
2005 Pick 85 David Greene
2006-2008 No quarterback was selected in these years.
2009 Pick 178 Mike Teel
2010-2011 No quarterback was selected in these years.
2012 Pick 75 Russell Wilson (Finally we have a winner!)