A Day 2 of the NFL Draft for All Ages

Seattle SeahawksJohn Schneider is a general manager who likes to have reggae in the team's draft area. It helps to ease tension associated with high-stakes events. The Seahawks will switch off the TV to listen to Bob Marley in the time between selections.

Do not worry about one thing, because everything is going to be fine.

After Day 2, 2012, Schneider and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll found these words especially relevant.

Yet, it was possible that reassurance might have been required on Friday afternoon a century ago.

The Seahawks made West Virginia their top pick for an outside linebacker in that year. Bruce IrvinHad been jailed for burglaryAs a teenager, he admitted to selling drugs. Seattle gave him a lower grade than Seattle. 15 overall. The second-round selection Bobby Wagner, was a Utah State linebacker from a small school with a smaller frame than most. He also had a medical condition that was discovered at a pre-draft visit. The third-rounder was a Wisconsin quarterback Russell WilsonThe average height of, was just a shade below 5-foot-11. This is not the ideal height to fill the most important position in the game.

The pundits had a great time.

What no one realized was that Seattle had struck gold for the third consecutive year by adding two potential Hall of Famers to its roster. They are currently the top 2 players in the NFL draft 2012. in terms of approximate valuePro Football Reference reports that this is the case.

Seahawks fans may not have been able to see the team as easily as they might have liked. trade WilsonAnd release WagnerThe symmetry was fitting because they had drawn the franchise icons only hours apart a decade ago.

Let's take a look at the Seahawks' draft. It began with Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck being selected as quarterbacks. The Seahawks then went on to pick two franchise icons.

“I thought that that was the last team that was going pick me.”

Since 1996, the NFL has never drafted two Hall of Famers in the same class. The Baltimore RavensThat year, it was done with Ray Lewis, a linebacker, as well as Jonathan Ogden (an offensive tackle). According to ESPN Stats & Information, it has happened only seven other times since the common draft era began in 1967. Out of those eight cases, the 1968 Raiders drafted quarterback Ken Stabler in round two and offensive tackle Art Shell third round. They are the only team to have not drafted at most one of its Hall of Famer from the same year.

If Wilson and Wagner continue on their way to Canton in Ohio, the Seahawks join that organization.

It's amazing to think about all the possible ways that it could have happened.

Wagner wouldn't have believed he'd become a Seahawk following an exciting pre-draft visit at team headquarters.

A bout with pneumonia prevented him from attending the scouting meet. Wagner later explained that the Seahawks medical staff found a kidney condition which made it difficult for him to take antiinflammatory medications. He was asked to stay over by the team so that it could perform further testing in morning.

Wagner met with Ken Norton Jr. while at the headquarters. Norton asked Wagner personal questions and harshly criticised his game.

Wagner later remembered that “We watched 40 plays.” “The first five of these were probably my favorite plays.” [had]The next 35 plays at Utah State were the worst I had ever seen at Utah State. He just killed me every play.

Wagner realized Norton was trying to measure his toughness. Wagner was convinced it was his worst predraft visit due to Norton's stress and his concern about his kidneys.

He said, “I thought that that was the last team going to pick me.”

Wagner and Cal were both available to the Seahawks. Mychal KendricksThey were graded neck and neck during the pre-draft, flipping them around on their boards a few more times. When the Philadelphia EaglesKendricks was the 46th selection, one spot ahead of Seattle's turn at 47 after a trade from 43.

Schneider said that “we were really, really blessed by the way it turned out.” He shared his experience with ESPN. “We couldn't decide. It was difficult to choose. Kendricks then left.

“We have to get this man”

Schneider was the Seahawks' general manager ten years prior to that. He also served as the director of player personnel for Seattle in 2000. The Seahawks were in dire need of a quarterback and had three options: draft Drew Brees or trade Matt Hasselbeck, which they did, trade Mark Brunell, which they did, or trade for Matt Hasselbeck, which they did.

Schneider's 6-foot Brees Scouting gave him a good reference point 11 years later when he began to dig into Wilson. After Wilson had transferred from NC State, Schneider saw Wilson's film in summer and met him for the first-time in fall.

Schneider was able to get the scoop on Madison's October visit thanks to a few connections with Bret Bielema (then-Badgers coach). He was told about Wilson's meticulous preparation. For example, he asked about landmarks at the stadium — such as the scoreboard, play clock, and tunnels. He could see it all before he arrived. The story of how he learned about the offense within just weeks of arriving at the school. He wrote plays on notecards and flipped through them as he walked around campus.

Schneider said, “Then, you'll watch the film.” … He was a shorter man playing behind this massive offensive line, and he was so precise. Drew Brees was a lot like him. I remember thinking, “Wow, this guy is ours!”

Charlie Whitehurst filled in for Tarvaris' Jackson, who had tore a pectoral muscle two week earlier. The Seahawks lost 6-3 against the Cleveland BrownsThis was a moment of rock bottom in a long offensive struggle that revealed their need for a new quarterback.

Schneider was set on Wilson, but had to persuade the other powers that were, including Paul Allen (then-owner), who was skeptical.

Schneider assigned a scouting intern who would chart Wilson's batted balls at the line-of-scrimmage and how often he was forced to leave the field because he couldn’t find a passing lane. His size did not seem to be a limitation.

Carroll called Bud Grant in order to get his mentor's opinion on a shorter player he had coached. Minnesota Vikings, Fran Tarkenton.

Schneider described Wilson's height as “a big deal”. “There were people who didn't want him to go.”

Schneider was determined to win and was wary that other teams would catch up. He also visited Madison and saw Wilson play in person a month later at the Big Ten title match. Wilson met the Seahawks at the Senior Bowl as well as at the Scouting Combine.

Schneider then went to bed. The Wisconsin native, who grew up just two hours from UW, didn't attend Wilson's pro-day. He refused to go back and see him throw one more time. He wanted all of the NFL not to see his height as a problem and hoped that other NFL teams would also have similar misgivings.

The Eagles didn’t.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia's former coach, said that Russell Wilson was his favorite player. “One the best interviews I had at combine.”

Reid stated that the Eagles had a plan to take Wilson. Nick FolesThey let them compete and hoped to take home at least one keeper. They picked the 76th pick, just one spot less than Seattle at 75.

The Seahawks signed veteran Matt Flynn, who was a bridge-type player, to a contract that included $10,000,000 in guaranteed money. Jackson, the incumbent starter, was also available. Jackson had previously won the locker-room after being through the torn pec.

Seahawks had enough confidence in Wilson's height to draft him. The question was only when. They thought he might make it to round four, but decided against passing on him in round three.

Schneider took Wilson at 75. Reid was the first to call Schneider from any other team. Reid lamented that Seattle had taken Wilson.

Schneider said that they wanted him to die.

Wilson's success, Wagner's, makes it easy to forget that the Seahawks 2012 class was stronger than just their second-round picks. Irvin has 52 tackles in ten seasons. Robert Turbin(4th round): A nice backfield addition to Marshawn Lynch. Jeremy Lane (6th) was a nickelback in Legion of Boom. He got a second contract with Seattle. Guard J.R. Sweezy(Seventh) made 104 career start. All three were contributors or starters on Seattle's Super Bowl team.

Jaye Howard, a defensive tackle, and Korey Toomer the linebacker were both good enough players to move on. All but one of the 10 Seattle picks in 2012 played at least 35 NFL matches.

Draft analysts shook their heads as reggae filled in the room.

It would be greater than everything.

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