NFL Playoffs 2013: Seahawks' 2012 Draft Has Set Stage for Epic Postseason Run

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the stage set for the 10-5 Seattle Seahawks to make a deep playoff run in 2013, the biggest surprise of the NFL season has to be the emergence of the elite rookie class head coach Pete Carroll, who was brought into the franchise via the 2012 draft.

After having this year's Seahawks’ draft blasted by experts—yes, I too was guilty of this offense—the underrated young stars have emerged as some of the best in the NFL.

While it’s easy to look back now and judge post-draft grades, taking defensive end Bruce Irvin No. 15 overall and reaching for quarterback Russell Wilson were tough moves to swallow.

Eight months later, Seattle is poised to make a deep postseason run with a serious chance at the Super Bowl.

Didn’t see that coming!


The Picks

While many openly questioned the selection of West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2012 draft, the rookie has blossomed into a passing-down machine with eight sacks (leads all rookies).

The same can be said for quarterback Russell Wilson. While many experts were confused on how Seattle would use the non-typical QB in their system, the team has built around the young star and has masked his weakness while playing off his strengths.

As much as Wilson deserves immense credit for his play this season (98 percent passer rating, 2,868 yards and 25 touchdowns), Carroll and the coaching staff deserves praise for putting the rookie in a position to succeed.

Add in the selections of potential stars like starting linebacker Bobby Wagner and backup running back Robert Turbin, and it is clear after 16 weeks of action that the draft was a success.

Hindsight is 20-20, though.


What We’ve Learned

The task of analyzing drafts immediately is as tough a job as there is, and Carroll and the Seahawks have done a great job proving the skeptics wrong.

With viable starters throughout the 2012 draft, there was a method to the madness.

Now the young Seahawks' rookies must continue their stellar play into the postseason where they will be tested against quality competition like never before.

As tough as the opponents will be for Seattle, the team is predicated on a strong defense and a consistent rushing attack. With the right combination of players to make that setup work, the Seahawks are a serious threat to make a deep postseason run in 2013.

That’ll make the 12th man very happy.


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