Michael Bennett and Bobby Wagner: Mel Kiper Gave Seahawks a Chip on Our Shoulder

Ryan Glasspiegel

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive lineman Michael Bennett went on SportsCenter this morning and discussed Russell Wilson’s tweet about his draft class’s receiving poor grades from pundits (and proving the haterz wrong).

“Everyone in that draft class heard everything that was said … They said I was a reach — I think everybody took that to heart, and it put a chip on our shoulder,” noted Wagner, who was a 2nd round pick out of Utah State in 2012.

Bennett initially signed in Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2009, got waived, spent several years in Tampa, and inked a one-year deal with the Seahawks last offseason.

“You gotta discredit Mel Kiper if it was him who gave [the ‘F’ grade],” the defensive lineman chimed in (Kiper actually was so kind as to give the team a C-), “He gave all of us bad grades, and said we wouldn’t make it this far. That’s what makes us special.”

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