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Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim says he lacked the cojones to draft Russell Wilson

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Yeah, you and 30 other guys, pal.

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Every NFL franchise passed on Russell Wilson—at least twice—before Wilson was taken by Seattle in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Maybe that fact smarts a bit more for Arizona general manager Steve Keim, who is an NC State alumnus. In any case, he minced no words when talking to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King about his thought process during that draft:

“Look, I’m from North Carolina State. I study all the guys out of there hard. But I just didn’t think there was a good comp for Russell Wilson, and I was wrong. When I think back now, it was a chickenshit call by me. I didn’t have the balls to take Russell Wilson.”

Listen, don’t sweat it too much, Steve, you’re being to hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. (This post is beginning to sound like my inner monologue.) Besides, scouting at its base, micro level is little more than a futile pursuit undertaken to ordain something approximating control over a lot of external factors that can never be controlled. It’s not you, Steve, it’s the universe we live in.

What was I saying again? Oh, right. Anyway, you should have drafted Russell Wilson, Steve. Sheesh, everybody knows that.