Seahawks rookie Bruce Irvin eager to show he wasn’t a reach

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One of the biggest surprises in the first round of this year’s NFL draft came with the 15th pick, when the Seahawks chose defensive end Bruce Irvin. Four months later, Irvin is still motivated to show that his selection in the first half of the first round shouldn’t have been a surprise.

I went in the first round, and some people thought I was a reach,” Irvin said, via the Tacoma News-Tribune. “So there’s going to be expectations. All I can do is bust my butt and work hard and I know success will come.”

Irvin hasn’t done a lot to prove the doubters wrong in his three preseason games, but he says he’s confident that he will prove the doubters wrong this season.

“People are talking about how I haven’t gotten a sack yet, but it’s the preseason; you’ll always face adversity, and the best way to deal with it is to just keep working hard,” Irvin said.

Irvin has been overshadowed this preseason by Seattle’s third-round pick, Russell Wilson. Wilson appears to be a steal, but Irvin has work to do to prove he wasn’t a reach.

19 responses to “Seahawks rookie Bruce Irvin eager to show he wasn’t a reach

  1. Three preseason games, sometimes against second and third string opposition, and he has yet to record a single statistic. That sounds like a bust in the making to me.

  2. I love the Seahawks and I have really wanted to give the Irvin selection the benefit of the doubt. However, it’s not just that he hasn’t made a sack. He hardly has any tackles. If you have anything, Irvin it’s about time to start showing something. We need an improved pass rush!!

  3. Not another Aaron Curry. Doh! Jury is still out on this guy. The Hawks wiffed when they picked up Carpenter last year. Now Irvin? Good thing pete and john draft well in the other rounds.

  4. Im very conflicted. I’m a die-hard 9ers fan so I’m opposed to ANY success by the Seachickens as a fan….buuuuut I took Seattle’s D to be a sleeper D this year in my fantasy league so I’m kinda rooting for the kid.

  5. Three exhibition games and people are calling him a bust already… you know, because three games is more than enough time to evaluate a player.

    You picking up on the sarcasm here because I am laying it on pretty thick.

  6. Seattle fans sure put alot of stock in pre season football….After three games their convinced there the most dominant team in the league,Wilson is the next Joe Montana and their first round pick is a bust.You guys are probably the most ignorant fan base in the NFL.

  7. you have to understand that Irvin was a ‘system’ pick brought in for a specific scheme, he will make the D more effective, sacks are overrated, it’s about disruption and pressure

  8. All I’ve really seen him do so far is bull rush. No spin, no speed move to the outside, no stunts.

    I’ve seen people writing off the performance of entire teams based on “preseason vanilla scheming”, I’ll accept the same to be true of Irvin, for now anyway. He’s been close a few times. Let’s see what happens once it’s for real.

  9. Irvin’s elevator might make it to the top and this kid has ALOT to prove this season being the 1st pick in the draft.

    He NEEDS to learn some new moves to get past the quicker O-Linemen that shut him down.

  10. Good thing Seahawks got a first round QB in the third round, because they got a third round DE in the first round.

  11. Ya he’s a major reach and projects as a situational pass rusher and will probably remain a liability in the run game but as long as he gets a sack or a hurry here and there and stays out of prison no one will care when he was drafted.

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