The Chiefs, like 31 other teams, passed on quarterback Russell Wilson of Wisconsin through two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft and had the 11th pick (74th overall) in the third round, one spot ahead of Seattle.
The Seahawks had targeted Wilson as early as the second round but took linebacker Bobby Wagner of Utah State instead. Then they sweated it out before the Chiefs selected offensive tackle Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma.
Then Seattle chose Wilson, who has guided them to consecutive NFC West titles and a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
“It’s real common for people to say, ‘Hey we loved that guy, too’ and we got phone calls right after that sitting in the draft room from people saying, ‘Oh we were going to take him with the next pick,’” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Who knows? Really, (general manager) John Schneider had it pegged perfectly. He’d been particularly sweating it out in the second round because he wasn’t sure he was right, but he had it nailed.
“Not everybody realized what an extraordinary player he would be. John did. So right up to the moment that we took him there was tremendous tension and excitement.”
The Chiefs’ quarterbacks at the time were Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, a fifth-round pick in 2011 who never appeared in an NFL game.