In case you haven't heard, Russell Wilson faced considerable doubts coming out of college.
Although Wilson had a strong career at both North Carolina State and Wisconsin, many questioned whether the 5-foot-11 quarterback was big enough to make it in the NFL.
Pete Carroll and the Seahawks had faith in Wilson, and the team selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. At the time, many writers were skeptical of that pick as well as several of Seattle's other selections. Donald Wood of Bleacher Report gave the Seahawks an "F" for their 2012 draft, which he labeled the worst of any team that year:
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.
Wood's grade was perhaps the lowest, but he wasn't the only writer to question the Seahawks' picks. As CBSSports' Will Brinson points out, Mel Kiper gave Seattle a C- for the draft and Pete Prisco handed the team a C+.
Wilson, never known to be bitter or spiteful, took a slight shot at these low grades in a recent tweet. As the Seahawks paraded around Seattle celebrating their convincing victory over the Denver Broncos, Wilson posted this photo of himself and other members of his draft class:
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 5, 2014
Lots of athletes use slights (real or perceived) as motivation, so it's not surprising that Wilson still remembers his low draft grade. However more than anything else, these misfires are indicative of the near impossibility of predicting success in the NFL. With so many variables and unknowns, these draft-day grades are just shots in the dark.