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After trade down, Seahawks opt for pass rusher Irvin

Bruce Irvin Pic 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.”

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40 Responses to “After trade down, Seahawks opt for pass rusher Irvin”
  1. apooster says: Apr 26, 2012 9:37 PM

    BUST

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 26, 2012 9:37 PM

    WHO??????

  3. davekiid says: Apr 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    Why the hell does Mel Kiper know about football?

  4. runtheball says: Apr 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    He is a sprinter not a football player. They will need to play defense with 10 guys and just have him chase the QB. Great athlete should have taken him lower.

  5. thejackalofnight1 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:39 PM

    He’ll probably be back in trouble with the law before the start of the season, no wonder the Seahawks never win anything. THE dumbest pick of the draft so far.

  6. rickthefactor says: Apr 26, 2012 9:40 PM

    Go figure, Seattle screws up another 1st round pick. I’m glad I’m a Niner fan!

  7. norcalmafia says: Apr 26, 2012 9:41 PM

    Haha….a wtf pick to match those ugly wtf jerseys!

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:41 PM

    kiper hair is mind boggling!!!

  9. 805_9er says: Apr 26, 2012 9:42 PM

    Red flags don’t scare Carroll, he saw plenty of them at USC.

    Not thrilled about the health of our QB with this pick…

  10. fumblenuts says: Apr 26, 2012 9:42 PM

    “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.”

    Who cares what the haters think…this dude is a PERFECT fit for the Hawks defense.

    NICE PICK!!!!!

  11. jmsincla says: Apr 26, 2012 9:42 PM

    Kipers hair is mind boggling.

  12. 7thlombardiontheway says: Apr 26, 2012 9:42 PM

    Steeler Nation LOLz at you losers!

  13. thejuddstir says: Apr 26, 2012 9:43 PM

    What else could you say except that the pick was “mind boggling”. ……but then it’s mind boggling to think of Pete Carroll as an NFL headcoach.

  14. seatownballers says: Apr 26, 2012 9:43 PM

    I like the pick. I wished with my heart hawks would take this guy, in the second round. Oh well. I’m not upset. The guy has plenty of upside. Keep it going john and pete

  15. puckfitt says: Apr 26, 2012 9:44 PM

    BBBBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEE!!!

  16. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Apr 26, 2012 9:46 PM

    Why no thread about how the Rams have failed at this years draft in the first round (minus all the extra picks)

    they missed out on, Blackmon / Kalil / Richardson / Claiborne / Floyd. LOLOL. WOW!

    still jealous of all those picks

  17. nickp91 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:47 PM

    Bruce Irvin dropped out of High school and still made it to the NFL

  18. puckfitt says: Apr 26, 2012 9:47 PM

    As a Niner fan and a bigger WVU fan things just got really weird for me

  19. buchopeful says: Apr 26, 2012 9:48 PM

    it is

  20. emperorchaz says: Apr 26, 2012 9:48 PM

    This is a great pick. Many teams wanted this guy

  21. mikea311 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:49 PM

    Kiper said the same thing when the Giants took Pierre-Paul.

  22. gb4mn0 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:51 PM

    The vikequeefs blow!

  23. blackfootkiller says: Apr 26, 2012 9:51 PM

    Muh…Mel Kiper. Didn’t he spout off about what a safe pick Curry was; can’t miss and all of that? And How about his man crush on Jimmy Clausen.
    Kiper is a dolt, and anyone that would draft anyone based on what he says should be out of work…Like Tim Ruskell.

  24. seattlerogueburner says: Apr 26, 2012 10:00 PM

    Passed on Ingram and Coples for him?

    Let’s hope you guys did the right thing…

  25. sea3369 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:00 PM

    Am putting my faith and hope in pete and company on this one.. So far they’ve been right on.

  26. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:04 PM

    whatta reach. Seattle’s f.o. sucks

  27. chazzmichaelmichaels says: Apr 26, 2012 10:05 PM

    Really?

  28. jeffesky says: Apr 26, 2012 10:45 PM

    Great move here to trade down and pick up two more. irvin perfect for this hybrid defense. he will be used like lawrence taylor was for big blue. An attack pass rusher,the best in the draft by far. the guys explosive and should help out clem a bunch.

  29. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    Mayock’s take: “This might be the most natural pass rusher in the entire draft. He’s only 245 pounds, he’s got an explosive get-off, and he’s an explosive player.”

    Well done Seattle….this kid should light it up for the Seahawks for MANY years to come!

  30. kleppnasty says: Apr 26, 2012 11:28 PM

    He also just got arrested. Off field concerns and seattle’s track record make me doubt this pick.

  31. sea3369 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    He will shine under pete.

  32. flyingmattman says: Apr 26, 2012 11:48 PM

    I thought Al Davis was dead. Why is he making draft picks for the Seahawks?

  33. savannahrose44 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:13 AM

    kleppnasty says:
    Apr 26, 2012 11:28 PM
    He also just got arrested. Off field concerns and seattle’s track record make me doubt this pick.

    ———————————————–

    So he had a little too much drunken fun on St. Patricks Day…So have a lot of kids. The charges were dropped BTW.

  34. sea3369 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:24 AM

    So many haters out here…. And all u niner fans can bl ow us u drafted another receiver now u have lik 500 receivers and Alice smith wont complete a pass to any of them…. Someone should tell the whiners to look at a qb.

  35. managod777 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:25 AM

    I hope he makes 2 or 3 Pro Bowl rosters by the time his rookie contract is up. It would be great to see teams court him in free agency. But really, I hope he’s serious and hooks up with the right people and just prepare himself to play ball. He can be a special one. That first step is ill…

  36. trollhammer20 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:25 AM

    “Mind boggling” is a good description of Irvin’s first step.

    Third and eight is going to be fun this year. :)

  37. mrmarcus55 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:30 AM

    I think niners baited them into this pick…good job seattle you twitts lol…

  38. seahawksbmx says: Apr 27, 2012 2:14 AM

    Same size as Von Miller (height & weight), but even faster. For all of you asking “who?”, you’ll know who as your QB is being carted off the field.

  39. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 27, 2012 12:14 PM

    BLEACHER REPORT gave this pick a F-
    hahahahaha..back to the cellar for the sea chickens

    Bruce Irvin, Defensive End, West Virginia

    Well…this isn’t good.

    The Seattle Seahawks made the Miami Dolphins’ reach for Ryan Tannehill at No. 8 overall look like a good pick. Bruce Irvin was graded as a third-round pick. Drafted at No. 15? That’s a huge mistake.

    The Seahawks also reached last year with James Carpenter at the end of Round 1, and they did it again here with Bruce Irvin. They obviously like Irvin a lot, but they could have traded back to get him.

    Grade: F-

  40. joenash72 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:17 PM

    In Pete We Trust…

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