Hey guys, hope you’re having a great Wednesday morning thus far, because I am about to ruin it.
In a piece last night on NFL.com, Chris Wesseling explained how former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah says that the Eagles were very close to drafting Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
But the gamble nearly backfired. NFL.com draft analyst and former scout for the Eagles, Daniel Jeremiah, revealed on Tuesday’s “Inside Training Camp” that Philadelphia was all set to draft Wilson at No. 88 overall, only to watch the Seahawks steal the quarterback out from under them.
“Andy Reid loved (Wilson),” Jeremiah explained on NFL Network.
So why didn’t the Eagles end up with the Wisconson standout? Pete Carroll and the Seahawks jumped in and stole him.
The Seattle Seahawks rolled the dice when they went against general manager John Schneider’s gut feeling to pull the trigger on quarterback Russell Wilson in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
It worked out in the long run, as the Seahawks snatched up middle linebacker Bobby Wagner with the 47th pick while Wilson dropped into their laps at No. 75 overall.
Wilson went on to have a prolific rookie season tossing 26 touchdowns while running for nearly 500 yards. Wilson is now the face of a Seahawks team that isn’t considered Superbowl contenders, and long-term may end up being one of the faces of the NFL.
The Eagles on the other hand enter training camp with Nick Foles, Michael Vick, and Matt Barkley after a disastrous 2012 season. Vick may be the Eagles starter this season, but doesn’t appear to have a long-term future with the Birds. And we really don’t know if Foles or Barkley will be the long-term solution to the Eagles quarterback troubles either.
And yeah, a year later and the idea of Wilson with the Eagles sounds even scarier considering all that Wilson could do in a Chip Kelly led offense.