Flash back to the 2012 NFL Draft, when America debated Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III, and Trent Richardson looked like the next Adrian Peterson.

With the 75th pick of that draft, midway through the third round, the Seattle Seahawks selected an undersized quarterback out of Wisconsin named Russell Wilson.

Some people praised the Wilson pick. After all, he had put up gaudy numbers at North Carolina State and Wisconsin, and even then he got rave reviews for his intangibles.

But others, many of them hardcore NFL Draft types, were more skeptical. Wilson stood only 5-foot-11, and quarterbacks that size didn’t often succeed in the NFL. Plus, the Seahawks had just given a big contract to Matt Flynn and had several other QBs (the immortal Tavaris Jackson and Josh Portis) on the roster. At best, Wilson was bound to start his career as a backup. At worst, he’d never be anything more than that.

Here’s how Bleacher Report summed up the Wilson pick the following day:

As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco graded the Seahawks’ draft (in which Seattle also nabbed Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner) a C+, writing:

They made a questionable move at the top with Irvin, bounced back by taking Wagner, but then took Russell Wilson in the third when they just signed Matt Flynn. Why?

Kevin Lyttle from the Austin American-Statesman thought so little of Russell Wilson that his Seahawks analysis in his draft grades column (he gave Seattle a D+) lamented that the team still didn’t have a QB:

Bottom line: Pete Carroll and cohorts think they’re a bit smarter than everyone else. Maybe they are. We’ll see with this group. Still, no QB, though.

The most popular comparison for Wilson was Seneca Wallace, whom you may or may not remember as a semi-serviceable dual-threat backup QB who spent five seasons with the Seahawks.

Mel Kiper beat this drum hard.

So many people compared Wilson to Wallace on Draft Day that Wallace began trending on Twitter.

As you surely know, Wilson went on to start for the Seahawks from Day One, ending Flynn’s stint as the team’s franchise QB before it even began, and led Seattle to the playoffs as a rookie. In his second year, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.

Wilson is now a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He also has loads of endorsements and is married to a pop star.

Seneca Wallace played his last NFL game in 2013. He had a very nice, respectable career.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports, MLB.com, SI.com and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.