Over the years, the Cardinals have seen plenty of Russell Wilson. It would've been interesting if they had seen him on a daily basis.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said on the Big Red Rage Thursday night that the team talked about drafting the Seahawks quarterback themselves back in 2012. It seems relevant now after the Cardinals took Kyler Murray.
"I remember being in the draft room (in 2012) and somebody thought (Wilson) was too short, so we didn't draft him," Bidwill said. "I think it was a mistake to put so much emphasis on height, and especially when you look at Kyler. Kyler has the ability to move so he can find his throwing lane. That's all he did last year. He understands."
Where exactly the Cardinals would've taken Wilson is a question. The Cardinals did not have a second-round pick in 2012, having traded it, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, back in 2011 in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Their third-round pick was 80th, ending up five picks behind Seattle -- who ultimately took Wilson there. (The Cards took cornerback Jamell Fleming in the third round.) A trade could've been possible. That was the final year of the Rod Graves-Ken Whisenhunt tandem at GM and coach. Current GM Steve Keim was the vice president of player personnel at the time.
Murray, of course, has a long way to go to show he can be another Wilson. He's just getting on an NFL field for the first time Friday. But the echo of Wilson remains. The Murray-Wilson matchups in the NFC West will have extra underpinnings.