Dave Boling of The News Tribune weighs in on the Seattle Seahawks selection of West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin.
Boling says that Seattle drafting Irvin is another edgy pick that few expected, but when examined further makes a lot of sense.
Boling: Irvin was considered a second-round talent by some, and reputed to be taken off the board entirely by other teams for off-field indiscretions that landed him in jail as a youth – and had him in court as recently as last week.
When reporters mentioned that Irvin was not among the prospects considered worthy of the 15th pick in the draft, Schneider and Carroll both shook their heads and made a gesture that very obviously meant: So what?
What nobody disputes is that Irvin is a demonic pass rusher, almost a consensus as the best pass rusher in the nation. And the No. 1 need of the Seahawks was a pass rusher.
Problem meet solution.”
Here’s my story from today on Irvin. The Seahawks considered moving back again after trading back to No. 15, but were concerned that teams like Chicago, San Diego and New England would grab Irvin if they moved too far back, so they stayed put.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com says that according to a source at least seven teams had Irvin rated as one of the top15 players in the draft.
I posted this earlier, but if you haven’t read Les Carpenter from Yahoo Sports’ profile on Bruce Irvin you should. It will shed light on Ivrin’s troubled childhood growing up and how he turned things around. A must-read if you have not checked it out already.
Art Thiel of SportspressNW.com writes the Seahawks did not draft a football player, they drafted an adventure.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that the Seahawks hope Irvin will produce like other pass rushers with great first steps, including Von Miller, Jevon Kearse and Dwight Freeney.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com lists Seattle’s selection of Irvin as one of his top 10 surprises in the first round. Rang was one of the few draft analysts that had Irvin going in the first round, at No. 29 to Baltimore. Rang: “The Seahawks pulled one of the real stunners of the draft with the No. 15 overall pick by selecting West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin. While Irvin was a chic pick to sneak into the end of the first round, it had been assumed that it would be a 3-4 club that selected him, utilizing him at outside linebacker. The pick could pay off for Seattle as the team needed a pure pass rusher and Pete Carroll, having recruited Irvin heavily while at USC, obviously felt comfortable with Irvin’s troubled upbringing. Considering that I had Irvin rated as theNo. 48 prospect on my Big Board, I see this as a reach — but not as big as the Seattle’s NFL West opponent San Francisco made later in the first round.”
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks took the road less travelled by selecting Irvin.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post had Irvin as his No. 17 rated player and loved Seattle’s pick.
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated says there were many other better prospects on the board that Seattle may regret the Irvin pick in this video link.
No surprise here. ESPN’s Mel Kiper questions the selection of Irvin. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.