Russell Wilson is one of the great NFL Draft steals of the last decade. Back in 2012, he was a mid-third round pick by the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson immediately won the starting job, and hasn't looked back since. Now, he's an MVP-level player, a seven-time Pro Bowler, and a Super Bowl Champion. If there's something close to a more modern Tom Brady story, Wilson is it, though he has yet to win quite as much as the New England Patriots legend.
Like Brady, he still has a major chip on his shoulder from Draft day. While he may not bring it up quite as much, Wilson had a message for NFL Draftees ahead of tonight's first round: "Why Not You?"
"Don't let others lack of vision block your Destiny," Wilson tweeted this morning. "Dream Big. #iStillRemember," he continued, along with screenshots of tweets from the draft process. One Tampa Bay Buccaneers site called him a "waste of space" at the senior bowl, while two other analysts ripped the Seahawks taking him in the third round.
The 2012 NFL Draft was a very interesting one for the quarterback position. The first two picks of the draft were Andrew Luck to the Indianapolis Colts and Robert Griffin III to the Washington Redskins. Luck was a star for the Colts, but retired in the middle of his prime after a number of injuries. Griffin was a phenom as a rookie, but injuries derailed his career early. He hangs on as a backup now. Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden rounded out the first round, and Brock Osweiler went in the second round, before Russell Wilson became the sixth quarterback off the board that year. [
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 23, 2020