John McGrath of The News Tribune offers his take on ESPN’s excellent 30 for 30 film documentary series, with the latest dissecting the 1983 draft that including Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway and Dan Marino.
Elway, of course, was selected No.1 overall by the Baltimore Colts, who then orchestrated a trade with Denver for two first round picks and backup quarterback Mark Hermann because Elway did not want to play for the Colts.
But McGrath wonders what could have been if Seattle offered a similar deal for Elway’s services.
Seattle gave up similar draft compensation to move from No. 9 to No. 3 to draft with Houston for running back Curt Warner, who had a successful, but injury shortened career for Seattle.
Elway had roots in Washington state. McGrath notes he was born in Port Angeles and had lived in both Aberdeen (where his dad, Jack, coached the Grays Harbor Community College football team) and Pullman (after Jack had taken a job as a Washington State assistant).
Also, Elway’s fiancee at the time, Stanford swimmer Janet Buchan, was a Tacoma resident who had been a star high school athlete at Wilson.
Elway finished a 20-10 record for his career against Seattle, throwing for 7,013 yards, 44 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post notes that at least 18 teams selected one or more cornerbacks in this year’s draft with the potential to start, including 15 that were 6-foot or taller – a nod to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s success with taller, lankier corners.
Tony Drovetto of Seahawks.com profiles new Seattle receiver Chris Harper.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down NFC West draft picks by 40-yard dash NFL Scouting Combine times.
The NFL Network’s panel of draft experts debate whether the Seahawks or the 49ers had the best draft in this video link.
There’s not much out there this morning, so I thought we’d take a look back at Russell Wilson’s appearance on Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp. Check out the video below.