2012 NFL Draft: Grading the Seattle Seahawks Selection of Bruce Irvin

Josh SteinContributor IIIApril 26, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Bruce Irvin #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Grade: B+

All the build up, all the hype and now the pick has finally been made. And frankly, I'm surprisingly happy with Bruce Irvin from West Virginia at No. 15 after trading down with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected Fletcher Cox at our 12th pick. One of the Seahawks' biggest needs has been filled at OLB and Irvin has great upside but a questionable past.

Irvin has been in trouble with the law which is why he wasn't supposed to go where he did. He also dropped out of high school and barely got through college without failing out, but Pete Carroll has been known to mentor kids and fix their character issues, so he will have to work his magic on this loose cannon.

This probably was one of the best possible scenarios for the Seahawks because they obtained a fourth and a sixth-round pick while still getting a guy who could become a fantastic pass-rusher and overall solid linebacker.

The Eagles really wanted Fletcher Cox, and Seattle made a very smart deal knowing that neither of their two division rivals at No. 13 and No. 14 would have the same need as Seattle.

Once again, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have taken a big risk, but may have struck gold in the draft getting what some say is the best pass-rushing linebacker in the draft.

After Kuechly was taken by the Panthers with the ninth pick, Seattle was left with an interesting scenario. They tried to get a defender who could possibly be a stud and there is not another player in this draft with a bigger upside. Sometimes, you have to risk a pick this high in order to get a future Pro Bowler.

Irvin was superb in his junior year, racking up a whooping 14 sacks. Yes, that is not a typo, 14. He followed that up with a solid 8.5 sacks in his senior year.

Many may think that Irvin shouldn't have been the pick, and instead it should have been Melvin Ingram from South Carolina. But Irvin is a tremendous and, more importantly, a consistent player who can produce when you need him.

Of Irvin, John Schneider, the GM, said:

"Obviously we viewed him as the best pass rusher in the draft."

Irvin may have his issues, and may not pan out, but this is a very high upside pick and this could be a name that will be talked about for a while.