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Yes, this is an obvious pick. However, it is far from a guarantee that Irvin can fill a role similar to what Aldon Smith did for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
Irvin's speed alone will make him disruptive for the Seahawks. But Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley aren't stopping there.
Irvin had a very good set of OTAs and mini-camp. But bettering Breno Giacomini during "non-contact" drills in shorts and helmets is hardly indicative of what he'll be able to accomplish during the season.
There are three things Irvin needs to prove the doubters wrong:
1. He needs to develop an inside push, be it a swim- or spin-move. When tackles can't simply push him past the play, it will open up the field.
2. Irvin needs to learn to defend the run. While not asked to do it much in college, he needs to hone those skills so he can be an every-down player in the future.
3. He needs Chris Clemons in camp. Irvin is expected to take over the Leo spot at some point in the future, and being able to work alongside Clemons and learn skills and technique will expedite his growth.
In the upcoming season Irvin will platoon with Red Bryant, one of the premier run-stopping defensive ends in the NFL. Sharing time will allow the rookie to focus on what he does best, which is harass opposing quarterbacks.
The Seahawks have taken a lot of heat for reaching on Irvin, but they do have the ideal position for him.
What isn't a reach is his ability to have 30 tackles with 12.0 sacks his rookie year.