Bruce Irvin to Seahawks: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Jon DoveContributor IApril 26, 2012

West Virginia's Bruce Irvin is a very intriguing prospect whose strength is his ability to rush the quarterback. He posted an eye-popping 4.5 40 time at the combine. At this stage, he's more of an athlete than a polished football player.

During his West Virginia career, Irvin compiled 22 sacks in only 26 total games. Those impressive numbers came in limited snaps, as he was rotated off the field in running situations. Irvin figures to spend the early part of his career as a pass-rush specialist.

Mel Kiper, Jr. sees Irvin as a potentially game-breaking pass rusher:

Used as a pass rush specialist in his first year with the Mountaineers, he went on to establish himself as one of the very best in the country. Displaying great closing speed and overall athleticism to go along with a high motor

Irvin will start his career as a situational pass-rusher, as he isn't strong enough against the run to be a full-time player. However, his quickness off the edge gives him a chance to top the double-digit sack mark in limited time.

At 6'3" and 245 pounds, Irvin faces a likely shift from defensive end to the linebacker position. Teams running a 3-4 defense in need of an edge-rusher should take a long look at Irvin. He has a better chance of making an early impact if he lands in a 3-4 defense.


Pick Analysis

Huge reach here. Bruce Irvin has loads of potential, but the Seahawks could've traded down and grabbed him much later. Don't love the pick.