Pete Carroll just excited over his newest quarterback
Russell Wilson's athletic prowess and ability to handle pressure thrills coach
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Russell Wilson wound up in Washington the last time he was drafted, too.
That was two years ago and another sport entirely, though.
Wilson was a minor-league middle infielder back then, a fourth-round choice of the Colorado Rockies who was assigned to the team's Class A affiliate in Pasco, the Tri-City Dust Devils.
The Seahawks are bringing him back to this state as a quarterback.
"This is such an incredible athlete that has had extraordinary, historic success," coach Pete Carroll said. "He has done things that people had never thought of before. The fact that he was also such an extraordinary kid, he can handle all of the pressure that he's going to be under, and all the scrutiny that he already has."
Wilson is the first quarterback drafted since Carroll became coach. He was chosen with the 75th selection of the draft, the highest choice Seattle has used on a quarterback since taking Rick Mirer No. 2 overall in 1993.
Wilson's selection completed a two-year stretch of his career as remarkable as it was improbable. A two-sport athlete at North Carolina State, he was drafted by the Rockies in 2010. The following fall, he returned to North Carolina State where he was a junior captain in football. He passed for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdowns, but the following spring decided he would give a full season to baseball, reporting for spring training.
North Carolina State released him from scholarship in April, but by the summer, Wilson had decided he would come back to play football.
"I realized that football is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," Wilson said. "I experimented with the baseball thing. I knew that there's nothing better than getting ready for a football game, and playing in front of national audience."
He was the sixth quarterback taken in the draft this year.
"More than anybody else that was alive in the draft, this guy gives you a chance to have a great player," Carroll said. "It's going to be really exciting to see what he can bring. All he's ever done is be great."
Seattle traded down five spots in the second round, moving from No. 43 to No. 47 and picking up the Jets' fifth- and sixth-round selections in the process. That recoups the fifth-round choice Seattle traded away to Buffalo to complete the 2010 deal for Marshawn Lynch and gives Seattle seven picks in the final four rounds Saturday: two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick, two sixth-round picks and two seventh-round picks.
Bruce Irvin, Seattle's first-round choice out of West Virginia, pleaded no-contest to a charge of disorderly conduct Tuesday, but had the charge of destruction of property dismissed in his appearance at Morgantown (Va.) Municipal Court.
The charges resulted from Irvin's arrest last month after an officer observed him jump up, knocking off the sign that was mounted atop a Pita Pit delivery vehicle just after 3 a.m. on March 17. The complaint indicated the vehicle was moving. Irvin indicated to the officer he was drunk, according to the report.
The officer asked the driver if the vehicle was damaged, and after pointing to damage, Irvin was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and destruction of property. The first charge was dismissed, and he was assessed a fine of $200 after pleading no contest to the second charge.
Thursday, general manager John Schneider said the Seahawks were aware of the incident, and that Irvin regretted, and had written a letter, presumably to the victim.
"We know what happened and researched it," Schneider said. "He made a mistake and was remorseful and all that."
Irvin will be introduced at a news conference Saturday morning at the Seahawks headquarters.
Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or email@example.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil.