With the fifteenth pick in the NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks choose…
Not Quinton Coples, or Melvin Ingram, but Irvin. Irvin wasn’t even in attendance at the draft party, nor expected to go until at least the second round, some analysts had him going in the fifth. He wasn’t being talked about or being bragged about. Who was this guy? Bruce.. Irvin?
Standing at 6’3″ and weighing in at 245 lbs, Irvin managed to cruise though the 40 yard dash at 4.5 seconds, and also benched 28 times. He spent his last two seasons with West Virginia, where he amassed a total of 22.5 sacks. 14 of those sacks were compiled in 2010, landing him second in the nation. Von Miller had registered only 10.5 sacks that year.
So why was no one talking? How come we didn’t know his name? He’s not exactly the poster boy for picks in the first round. He didn’t grow up with an easy childhood. As a juvenile, he was charged with burglary. Disorderly conduct has been recently added as well. He dropped out of high school, and had to be urged to get his GED. His athleticism drew lots of attention. Including the one and only Pete Carroll, who tried to get him to come out to USC while he coached there. Irvin made a choice to change. He could turn things around, and make a good life for himself.
Though under the radar, Irvin certainly brought a lot of attention from other teams waiting to take their picks.
The Jets for instants, had every intention of picking up Irvin for their 16th spot, the one right after Seattle. Instead they “settled” on Coples, a projected first round pick that slipped half way down the board. San Francisco also had their eyes on the young line backer and had hoped that he would drop to the number 30 pick. Other team such as Green Bay and Chicago were both interested in Irvin as well.
A reach? Really?
Having a recent Superbowl caliber team, the NFC west champions, and several other up and coming teams look at you, doesn’t sound like a reach to me.
So let the analysts sing songs about how poorly Seattle did in the draft this year. Let Kiper put a big “D-” on his post draft boards. Let NFL Network chastise the Seahawks for passing on several “first round quality” picks, even though a large percentage of the defensive draft class had deeper faults than Irvin. This kid will come out swinging and with the background and all the nay saying, he will prove to the NFL world that he, Bruce Irvin, was a first round pick and a hell of a grab.