Sitting at #12 yesterday in the First Round of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks had everything that Mock Draft experts expected that the team could have wanted. All the pass rushers that people rated high were ripe for the picking. Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, Whitney Mercilus, and Chandler Jones had all been passed up by the first 11 teams giving the Seahawks the pick of the litter. Then came the Eagles calling, desperately wanting to trade up to get their man Fletcher Cox before the St. Louis Rams had a chance for him to fall in their lap. So the Seahawks traded down three picks to 15, while also picking up extra 4th and 6th round picks. Myself and most Seahawk fans had no problem with this because we still had plenty of pass rushers to choose from. So when our #15 pick came around we were salivating at the thought of what was about to transpire. The pick came fast from the Seahawks War Room and it read ” Bruce Irvin, Outside Linebacker out of West Virginia.” Mel Kiper Jr. instantly blasted the pick. Myself and most Seahawks fans were up in arms, reminding us of last year when most people proclaimed that Pete Carroll had reached when he selected James Carpenter in the late first round last year.
Learning more and more about Bruce Irvin, and starting to understand the fact that the Seahawks don’t run a conventional 4-3 defense with book end Defensive Ends that most NFL teams run, has calmed my nerves for the most part. The word came today from Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com and a regular contributor to CBS Sports and the Tacoma News Tribune said via Twitter that Bruce Irvin would have been pursued by the Jets, Ravens and 49ers in the late 1st round had he made it past the Seahawks. Pete Carroll has proven so far that he can develop players that other teams don’t see as high as Pete does. He’s done this with KJ Wright, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. Bruce Irvin will not start out as an every down player. He will come in on third downs and pin his ears back and race around slow-footed tackles. What I like about Irvin is the fact that he’s come from such a rough upbringing, that he will not be afraid to work hard to be the best player he can be and play with a chip on his shoulder after most experts questioned his being picked so high. Even Bruce didn’t expect to be picked so high. This morning on 950 KJR, Bruce admitted that in the middle of the draft he was outside of the house that he was at, not paying attention to the draft, not wanting to come back in to watch until it got around to the late 20′s which is where he was expecting to get more calls.
No one ever questioned Irvin’s ”motor” on the film studies like they did with Quinton Coples. The fact that has come to fruition for me in the last 24 hours is that ALL the pass rushers were flawed in some aspect. Bruce Irvin wasn’t a run stopper. People questioned Quinton Coples effort. Melvin Ingram had short arms and was labeled a “tweener.” Chandler Jones had injury history and not a lot of college production.
Basically, we all have to trust in the Pete and John way of developing and selecting certain special pieces to add to their madness of thinking. Pete recruited this guy in college, something we all didn’t know until after the selection was made. Last year we were all scratching our heads about that Brandon Browner kid from the Canadian Football League. I’d say that has worked out pretty well so far. So now that I’ve backed away from the edge after an initial anger over the selection of Bruce Irvin, I welcome Bruce to an up and coming defense but wish maybe they would have gotten him a bit later in the 1st so that we wouldn’t be getting so much negative publicity nationally.