Russell Wilson was part of a bountiful draft of 2012 for the Seattle Seahawks.

John Idzik’s Draft History with the Seattle Seahawks: 2012


Good morning Jets’ fans. One more morning to go back through the history of John Idzik with the Seattle Seahawks.

For those of you that haven’t been following the series, we have been going through the Seahawks’ draft history while John Idzik was part of the front office. Yes, as I have said throughout, I am aware that Idzik was not the GM. But, he was there, he was part of the process. As such, he will be bringing his experience with these drafts to the Jets.

So far we have covered the drafts of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.  So far, every single one of these drafts produced players that are still a part of the team that won Super Bowl 48.

How did they do in 2012?  Rather well, I would say.  Take a look………..

RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 15 Bruce Irvin DE West Virginia
2 47 Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
3 75 Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
4 106 Robert Turbin RB Utah State
4 114 Jaye Howard DT Florida
5 154 Korey Toomer LB Idaho
6 172 Jeremy Lane CB Northwestern State-Louisiana
6 181 Winston Guy DB Kentucky
7 225 J.R. Sweezy G North Carolina State
7 232 Greg Scruggs DE Louisville

I would say this was a bountiful harvest for the Seahawks, wouldn’t you?

In the first round, you had Bruce Irvin, a young pass rusher. He has recorded ten sacks over his first two seasons with the team. Bobby Wagner was chosen on the second round. He posted a career high of five sacks this past season, to go along with 72 tackles and two interceptions.

The fourth round yielded Robert Turbin, the guy who carries it approximately 80 times per season to give Marshawn Lynch a break. In 2013, he ran it 77 times for 264 yards backing up Lynch.

And there was the third round pick. Some quarterback that Terry Bradway wanted to draft here for the Jets, but was overruled. Oh, yes, I remember. Russell Wilson. He was chosen by the Seahawks with their third round pick.

What has he done in his first two seasons? Only 52 TD passes versus 19 interceptions. He is also completing 63.6% of his passes. Wilson has also run the ball to the tune of 5.4 yards per carry for his career to go along with five rushing touchdowns.

Pretty good resume for a guy that was chosen as an afterthought to Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, in the third round.

The moral of these stories over the last several days is a simple one. Do you want to build a football team? Do it through the draft. Draft a lot of players, don’t trade your picks away. Draft well.

The Seahawks did it. The Jets did it quite well in 2013. It works.

Tags: John Idzik New York Jets Russell Wilson

  • RONBO19

    Alan, While its still early I’m not as sure about the 2013 draft as you and Rex are. At this point we have one really good player for sure in Sheldon Richardson and two very good possibilities (Milliner & Geno)who have shown improvement as the season went on after some very poor games as well.Then we get to the meat of that draft.As the 59th ranked G out of 62 by PFF I’,m not sure we can classify Brian Winters as anything but a project at this point. Guards Oday Oboushi and Will Campbell haven’t even suited up for a game and by most credible accounts should have been relegated to the practice squad (and that’s being generous!)which brings us to our 7th pick FB Tommy Bohannon who was the 32 of 32 ranked at his position by PFF last year.
    So we drafted 7 players and at least 4 of them are major question marks at this time. I’m not sure we can favorably compare that to any of the past 4 or 5 Seattle drafts?

    • Alan Schechter

      You are entitled Ron…..I’m feeling better about Milliner and Geno than it sounds like you are. I think Winters got better. Maybe I am more of a glass half-full type of guy…Thanks for your thoughts.