Kearly... I have read several of your posts and I know you have respect on some level in the forum and many are grateful for all the analysis time you put it in. Still, I assume you intend your statement of knowing "how awesome Wilson would be months earlier than anyone else" as hyperbole - just to say that this activity is worthwhile to you. Surely (and not calling you Shirley), you don't assume that no one else had any similar thoughts about the potential of Wilson. There was a lot of talk about him leading up to the draft and Jon Gruden's QB camp blew the lid off anything that was unknown to doubters. There was talk all the way back to when he went into Wisconsin and was voted Team Captain. It didn't take long after that to realize he was special, but the "prototypical" talk is what caused many to dismiss his talents and leadership. I, too, felt as though the Hawks could have very well won the lottery and was elated at that moment they drafted the kid. But, I can't imagine - to Russell Wilson's credit - that anyone thought he would exceed expectations and accomplish to that extent all he did.
In terms of the "patience" - that sounds like Holmgren (and others) terminology of allowing BPA to come to you. I never liked how that tended to turn out. Still, that is one general principle to keep in mind, but not the only one for any and all drafts. The draft is really a roll of the dice no matter how much analysis is put in. Sometimes you hit on a player, often you don't. At this juncture with the Seahawks... perhaps it's not so unwise to consider not passing on what could be elite talent and not merely settle for role guys or draw it up to get certain players in certain rounds. Everything I've ever heard from JS/PC doesn't suggest to me that they "pass" on a player they really want. They don't care if others don't have their guy projected as high. They target their players and go after them. If any of those players you happen to like is on their radar and high on their board... they are not going to simply "pass" just to appease perceived patience. Not saying that there isn't any merit in being patient. I think there have been occasions teams get their player a round later. I think that happened with the Hawks last year with one of the picks (can't recall which player - Turbin?) But, teams don't want to be patient to a fault that it ends up costing you a player you target. This is about making your team better and there's a certain amount of risk involved.
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