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2012 NFL Draft: Grading the Seattle Seahawks' First Three Rounds

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to pass the ball in the first half against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Josh SteinContributor IIIApril 28, 2012

Grade: B

The Seahawks have had one of the strangest drafts so far, without a doubt. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

It started with the first real surprise of the draft, when they got a talented player with a troubled past in Bruce Irvin. They followed that up with small-town star Bobby Wagner and ended Day 2 with the talented former leader of the Wisconsin Badgers, Russell Wilson.

Irvin was the talk of the draft after Day 1. He was probably the biggest risk/reward player, and the Seahawks coaching staff always loves a challenge.

Irvin has been in trouble with the law, which is why he wasn't supposed to go where he did. He also dropped out of high school and barely got through college without failing out, but Pete Carroll has been known to mentor kids and fix their character issues, so he will have to work his magic on this loose cannon.

Irvin was superb in his junior year, racking up a whooping 14 sacks. Yes, that is not a typo, 14. He followed that up with a solid 8.5 sacks in his senior year.

Seattle tried to get a defender who could possibly be a stud, and there is not another player in this draft with a bigger upside. Sometimes, you have to risk a pick this high in order to get a future Pro Bowler.

Before the Senior Bowl, Wagner was a bit of an unknown among NFL draft prospects. The Utah State linebacker showed up big, though, in the Senior Bowl and made his claim to be a second-round pick.

With over 100 tackles each of the past three seasons, Wagner has produced at a high level. He is undersized, but his athleticism and instincts make him an interesting prospect to many teams.

His strength is his shutdown ability in the run game and his inability to miss even a single tackle. In a division that has good young running backs, Wagner will be a big run stopper to compliment Irvin's pass rushing abilities.

With their last pick, the Seahawks got another quarterback who formerly called Wisconsin home, Wilson.

Wilson is one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft at the quarterback position. He spent four years at North Carolina State and then decided to transfer to Wisconsin after he finished his degree. That transfer and following success shows his ability to immediately lead a team and learn a new offense.

In both places, Wilson was an excellent quarterback and used his mobility to his advantage. He's a mobile quarterback and despite his shorter stature, is one of the top passers in the draft this year. He can be sort of an improved Seneca Wallace with starting potential in the near future.

All three picks could turn out to be incredibly great and help this team for the next decade, but the grade is a "B" because of the questions that each player presents.

Irvin has not been the exact definition of a star pupil or law-abiding citizen. He was arrested multiple times before he even got to college, and his near drop out of school is a troubling thing to think about when talking about your first-round pick.

Wagner doesn't really have many flaws, but the competition he went up against in college was not even near the level of who he will play in the NFL.

Wilson has a great head and has all the intangibles you could ever want from a player and, more importantly, a quarterback. But his measurables put a huge question mark next to his name. He is very small and doesn't have the strength of some of the other quarterbacks in this draft.

Overall, all these players could be studs and Pro Bowlers in a few years, but the questions about them make this draft a solid "B" so far.

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