Schefter: 'hard to grasp' how Bills, others passed on Russell Wilson
January 4, 2013 - 1:51 PM
By Jay Skurski
In his weekly, "10 Spot" column, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter focuses on how three quarterback-needy teams -- the Bills, Jaguars and Chiefs -- all passed on Russell Wilson in April's draft.
Wilson, of course, led the Seattle Seahawks into the playoffs and tied Peyton Manning's record for passing touchdowns by a rookie with 26.
The Bills traded up to the 69th overall pick in the draft to take N.C. State receiver T.J. Graham, while Jacksonville took punter(!) Bryan Anger out of Cal with the next pick. The Chiefs picked Oklahoma tackle Donald Stephenson 74th overall, one pick ahead of Wilson.
"There are so many hard-to-grasp elements about the six-pick sequence that help define those teams' 2012 seasons," Schefter writes
. "Given the quarterback questions they had not just now but then, how could Buffalo, Jacksonville and Kansas City each pass on a quarterback who would have been a top-10 pick if he were two inches taller?
"It's easy to ask these questions now, almost nine months later, but it was not hard to ask them then, either. Maybe Graham, Anger and Stephenson will turn out to be Pro Bowl players. Maybe Graham will give Buffalo more big plays ... But in this league, quarterbacks are currency. And now, thanks to their vision and other teams' lack of it, the Seahawks are loaded."