To be fair, I like what Bruce Irvin offers the Seattle Seahawks. He is a natural pass-rusher and could have a big impact on their defense.
That said, few sources had Irvin pegged as a first-round talent. He has first-round skills, but sixth-round character. As such, he was projected as a second-round selection.
Irvin said earlier this week that he would be a first-round pick. Evidently the Seahawks and Irvin's agent had been talking.
I like Irvin's fit with Seattle's defense, but this seems just a bit early. It seems as though they could have moved down in the first round, and then moved down again, and then traded into the second-round to select him.
Rob Rang is one of the premier judges of NFL talent. He has Irvin listed as a second-round talent. While it is possible there was another team looking to take Irvin this early, that seems as much a reach as Irvin.
While I, along with draft experts and Seahawks fans everywhere have questioned this pick, there is one source that is supporting this pick.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that at least seven clubs had Irvin ranked as a top-15 selection. Reports confirm that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears had their sights set on Irvin in Round 1.
Could it be that, once again, Pete Carroll and John Schneider are, in fact, crazy...like a fox?
Information continues to trickle out on this pick. Earlier this week Michael Lombardi reported that Bruce Irvin was flown into a team facility on a helicopter for a private workout, and that team said he was going to be their first round pick.
It was easy to dismiss that report when there was an arrest looming over his head, but charges for assaulting a Pita Pit sign were dismissed on Tuesday.
Speculation was the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans were likely candidates.
Irvin was interviewed on ESPN 710 Seattle today and said he was outside talking to family when the call came in from Seattle. He was expecting to be called around pick 26...which was the Texans.
At this point it is hard to refute that Irvin was going to go in the first-round whether the Seahawks took him or not. He is the best speed rusher in this draft and looks very similar to Von Miller as a collegian.
Pete Carroll said Irvin will take over the Raheem Brock role in 2012. Brock had over 600 plays last season, offering a big role as a pass-rushing defensive end. Carroll also said Irvin will be groomed to replace Chris Clemons at the Leo end.
Irvin is only slight smaller than Clemons, and is 10 lbs. heavier than Clemons was coming out of college. With free agency looming for Clemons in February, this pick makes a lot more sense for Seattle.