RENTON — Washington’s 2012 draft is going to define coach Mike Shanahan’s tenure with the team.
That was clear once he gave up a first-round pick in each of the next two years in addition to a 2012 second-round draft pick to move up four spots in the first round to pick quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Seahawks were in a similar spot as Washington, a team looking for a quarterback in a draft deemed to have two top-shelf players at that position. Was Seattle tempted to move up?
“We just thought he was too far up there,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We didn’t think we were going to get to that nor would we give up anything of that magnitude to do it.
“(Besides) we had our guy. Ace in the hole there. We were waiting.”
Ah, yes. A reference to Russell Wilson, whom Seattle chose in the third round with the No. 75 overall pick.
If the Seahawks truly did land their long-term starting quarterback at that spot, it would amount to a jackpot that would define Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks every bit as much as Washington’s move to get Griffin.
“An amazing pick for us,” Carroll said. “And I think hopefully if our young team grows together and we can really make a push to be consistent and win, that draft pick and this past draft is going to be really a significant part of why were successful in all that.”