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When the Seattle Seahawks took Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft, they seemed unsure at first if they had just unearthed a franchise quarterback. The Seahawks had former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and had added former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn. But coach Pete Carroll saw something special in Wilson, and after an anxious wait between the second and third rounds, Seattle plucked Wilson with the 75th overall pick.
That decision, as Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, might be the biggest difference between the future of the Seahawks, who went to the second round of the playoffs last year and are 9-1 this year with Wilson, and the Vikings.
Minnesota will face Wilson on Sunday, and could head into the 2014 draft in search of a quarterback for the second time in four years after drafting Christian Ponder 12th overall in 2011.
Wilson slipped to the third round largely because of concerns over his height (5-foot-11), but the Seahawks' decision undoubtedly left other teams wondering what they had missed in the University of Wisconsin product. The early bet is that the Vikings use their first-round pick on a quarterback next May, but spending a high pick on s quarterback means the consequences for making the wrong decision are that much higher. What Wilson has proved is that quarterback prospects aren't always as obvious as they seem, and good scouting departments can find unconventional answers at the position if they're looking for the right things.
The Vikings are still in the market for a long-term quarterback, and as they watch Wilson on Sunday, you can't fault them for having at least a little jealousy.
Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:
We looked at how the Seahawks' press coverage will affect Ponder and the Vikings, and looked at why the Vikings' preparation for Percy Harvin will consist of some guesswork.
The Vikings see plenty of themselves in the Seahawks, who have taken in a number of former Vikings players and coaches, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.