The second round of the NFL draft got off to a good start Thursday when the Seattle Seahawks picked Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick overall.
It continued a trend of the Seahawks skipping over the first round to begin in the second.
Semi-joking aside, the Seahawks' pick of Bruce Irvin certainly stunned the majority of draft analysts and observers. The Seahawks were smart enough to move down from 12—and they should have moved farther, as general manager John Schneider said they considered doing.
Most analysts had Irvin rated as a second-rounder for two reasons: (1) He's nothing more than a pass rusher (at least for now), and (2) he had a checkered legal history.
After the Seahawks shocked everyone by taking him before every other rusher—Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, Shea McClellin, Chandler Jones, Whitney Mercilus, Nick Perry, et al.—reports came out that other teams were eyeing Irvin.
Among the seven teams reportedly high on Irvin, the teams that reportedly would have drafted him in the first round were the Jets, who took Coples right after the Hawks drafted Irvin; Baltimore, which traded out of the first round when all of its top players were gone; and San Francisco, which reached itself when it took receiver A.J. Jenkins at 30.
If that is true, the Seahawks obviously gauged the interest correctly, but it doesn’t change the fact that the 15th pick is too high for a one-down player. Even Irvin said he thought he would go in the 30s and was surprised to go at 15.
Did the Seahawks make the right pick at 15?
It will be very interesting to see which pass rusher has the best career. The Seahawks had their choice of them all and thought Irvin was the best. So he will be compared to Coples, Ingram, McClellin, Jones, Mercilus and Perry—all flawed guys in their own ways, to be sure.
Granted, not all of those guys would fit the Seahawks' Leo role, but the numbers will tell a large part of the story about which team got the right guy in this draft.
If the Seahawks had taken guard David DeCastro, as they should have, they could be looking at pass rushers Andre Branch or Vinny Curry in today's second round. As it is, they likely will have an eye out for linebackers—perhaps Bobby Wagner or Mychal Kendricks. It also wouldn't be surprising to see them take a lineman on either side of the ball—the second round is full of them.
Here's one list of the top players for Day 2.
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