After trade down, Seahawks opt for pass rusher Irvin

AP

The Seattle Seahawks added a couple of extra picks in a trade down with the Eagles Thursday night. Changing places with Philadelphia and back on the board at No. 15, the Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia.

Irvin goes 6-foot-3, 245 and ran a 4.48 forty-yard dash at the Combine.

This pick will probably be panned because Irvin was widely projected as a second-day prospect in mock drafts and has a number of character red flags. But Irvin has the quickest first step of any pass rusher in the draft, and he has enough natural talent to be an immediate contributor in Seattle’s sub-package defense.

The criticism has already begun, in fact. Immediately after the Irvin pick was made, ESPN’s Mel Kiper referred to it as “mind boggling.”