The Seattle Seahawks are listed as 11-point underdogs against the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday, their biggest projected deficit since 2011. However, linebacker Bobby Wagner made it clear he isn’t concerned.
“I don’t care,” Wagner chuckled during his Wednesday press conference. “I mean I don’t care. We’ve been underdogs for a while, I’m not tripping off that. Especially my class.”
The class that Wagner is referring to is the Seahawks draft class of 2012, a group that was widely criticized on draft day. Experts frequently labeled the class with an “F” grade, suggesting that few, if any, of their selections would amount to any success in the NFL.
A quick look back at Seattle’s class of 2012 shows Bruce Irvin, Wagner, Robert Turbin, Jeremy Lane and J.R. Sweezy were all selected that year. Oh, and a quarterback taken in the third round named Russell Wilson.
“They say we suck,” Wagner elaborates. “You sit there and you watch the whole draft class, the 2012 draft class, and you watch on TV. It’s supposed to be this amazing moment but you sit there and you watch them talk trash about everyone picked that day, and they give us an F. If that’s not an underdog, I don’t know what is.”
Four of their draftees, Irvin, Wagner, Wilson and Sweezy, were starters on Seattle’s Super Bowl winning team. They have a combined eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro nominations between them.
Cornerback Jeremy Lane and running back Robert Turbin played important roles as well, making this one of Seattle’s deepest draft classes in recent history.
“And we still proved them wrong,” Wagner finished. “And we waiting for an apology.”