Jeffrey Lurie: “I’ll always regret” not drafting Russell Wilson
It’s been almost ten years, but Jeffrey Lurie is still not over the 2012 NFL Draft.
Leading up to that draft, the Eagles planned on selecting star quarterback Russell Wilson with their third-round pick and had been in contact with him throughout the process. Russ promised the team a championship and was expected to be selected by Philly with the 88th pick.
However, the Seattle Seahawks took Wilson with the 75th pick, which led to the Eagles taking Nick Foles with their third-rounder.
Lurie recently spoke with Delaware Online and reflected on the “what-if?” situation.
“[Wilson] is a player we didn’t get, and I’ll always regret it. It was someone we really wish we had drafted in the second round and didn’t wait. But we really didn’t think anyone would jump us and take Russell, so that was that.”
The Eagles’ eventual third-round pick worked out alright for them, but Wilson would have drastically altered their success over the last decade. During his time with Seattle, Wilson was selected to nine Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl 48 against the Denver Broncos.
Howie Roseman and Lurie tried to get Wilson again this past off-season but were unable to land him from Seattle, who sent Russ to Denver in a massive deal. The Eagles were in the mix for several other top quarterbacks but have seemingly decided to stick with Jalen Hurts, who’s now poised to lead Philly for the second consecutive season.
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