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- Round 1: QB Russell Wilson
- Round 2: CB Joe Haden
- Round 3: DE Michael Johnson
- Round 4: DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil
- Round 5: CB Chris Harris
- Round 6: S Mark Barron
- Round 7: G Jahri Evans
- Round 8: OLB Sean Weatherspoon
- Round 9: DT Brandon Mebane
- Round 10: WR Steve Smith
- Round 11: DT Dan Williams
- Round 12: G/C Peter Konz
- Round 13: DT Marcus Gilbert
- Round 14: RB Jonathan Stewart
- Round 15: T Marshall Newhouse
- Round 16: DE Mike DeVito
- Round 17:
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- Round 19:
- Round 20:
- Round 21:
- Round 22:
Round 1, Pick 10: Russell Wilson, Quarterback
Honest truth: when Russell Wilson was there at 10 I spent 15 minutes making sure I wasn’t missing something (Did he recently lose a leg? Is Matt Flynn being chased around Washington with murder charges looming?) before finally pulling the trigger.
Wilson was arguably the best rookie quarterback in the NFL last year and he was phenomenal down the stretch as Seattle’s offense began to gel. Anyone discounting him going forward will do so based on his height or other ill-conceived ideas parading as logic ; the truth is Wilson can orchestrate multiple offenses with the skill of Hall of Fame point guard, he’s wise beyond his years, he is a multi-faceted threat and and he’s one of the true elite franchise building blocks in the NFL these days.
He’s not even a “running quarterback,” although people like to put him in that pigeonhole, because its easier than accepting the fact that someone who doesn’t fit the traditional quarterback mold is succeeding.
An absolute steal at 10.
Round 2, Pick55: Joe Haden, CB, Browns
As the clock ticked while team Burketouris made their selection, my heart was pounding like I was on 200 milligrams of Adderall, hoping they wouldn’t yank Haden out of from under me.
When I picked Russell in the first round, all I was hoping for was one of my top four cornerbacks — Sherman, Revis, Pat P and Haden — to fall. Haden has excellent man coverage skills and is a more-than-sneaky ballhawk — nine picks, three forced fumbles and 47 passes defended in 33 starts is beasty.
His stock was submerged because of off-field issues in 2012; those don’t concern me in the slightest with Russ W. Intangibles bringing the leadership heat that keeps Haden out of trouble and helps elevate his game.
Haden will turn 24 in April, which means he’s locking down half the field on my defense for a long time.
Round 3, Pick 87: Michael Johnson, Defensive End
Round 4, Pick 105: Elvis Dumervil, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Round 5, Pick 153: Chris Harris, Cornerback
Round 6, Pick 170: Mark Barron, Safety
Round 7, Pick 215: Jahri Evans, Guard
Round 8, Pick 234: Sean Weatherspoon, Outside Linebacker
Round 9, Pick 279: Brandon Mebane, Defensive Tackle
Round 10, Pick 298: Steve Smith, Wide Receiver
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