Wilson gives Seattle first-round presence

Quarterback Russell Wilson waited until the third round before the NFL called his name during the 2012 draft.

Wilson will make an appearance much earlier in the 2013 version. The Seattle Seahawks' Pro Bowl passer will appear in and voice the draft's on-air opening tease when ESPN's coverage begins Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

This will give Seahawks fans reason to pay closer attention during a first round in which their team holds zero picks.

Seattle fans also might want to check out Wilson and several teammates during their recent practice sessions in the Los Angeles area. Fullback Michael Robinson shot the video for his "Real Rob Report" show. I thought the highlight was watching Wilson drive what amounted to the team bus while teammates cut up in the back.