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Any and all Predator jokes are completely justified.
Bruce Irvin was arguably the most maligned pick of the first round. Experts dubbed him a one-trick pony, and cited his past character issues as reasons to steer clear of drafting him early.
Irvin is currently working to prove his doubters dead wrong, and he's succeeding.
Irvin has been working with Seattle's defensive starters, doing drills with the defensive linemen. In team drills, however, Irvin has been alternating between rushing the passer and dropping into coverage, indicating that team intends to use him as a linebacker.
The results so far are tremendously positive. Irvin has registered "sacks" (keep in mind they can't actually hit the QBs) on numerous days, and perhaps had the best play of camp so far in Sunday's scrimmage.
Irvin was lined up as the weakside defensive end, but the play was a standard I-Power handoff to Marshawn Lynch, meaning that Irvin was just about as far removed from the action as possible. Lynch broke into the open field and seemingly had an easy 80-yard touchdown. Irvin, with his phenomenal speed, was able to chase Lynch down and stop him at the ten yard line.
First off, this demonstrates that Irvin hustles, and doesn't give up on plays. He doesn't just want to rush the passer. He wants to stop the run, even if the runner is 70 yards down the field.
Second, is there any better example of just how fast this guy is? Jacson Bevens of Field Gulls illustrated it perfectly by saying that a touchdown "would have been assured had Seattle taken literally anyone else with their first-round pick in April."
In essence, Bruce Irvin is performing fantastically. He is showing heart, persistence, ability to learn, and, above all, sheer athleticism. He certainly is worth getting excited about.