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Bruce Irvin To Seahawks With 15th Pick; First Big East Player Selected In 2012 NFL Draft

Bruce Irvin of the West Virginia Mountaineers was a surprise pick at number 15 to the Seattle Seahawks.
Bruce Irvin of the West Virginia Mountaineers was a surprise pick at number 15 to the Seattle Seahawks.

Bruce Irvin
Atlanta, GA
November 11, 1987 (24)
6-3 245

Defensive End
Seattle Seahawks
West Virginia Mountaineers (Senior)

2011 All Big East First Team

Career stats
29 tackles for loss
22 sacks
5 forced fumbles

What people are saying:

Top vote-getter in BECB Poll on the first Big East player to be drafted.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

The Seattle Seahawks on Thursday selected outside linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin, a surprise pick nobody had on their radar for the first round of the NFL Draft. Nobody, it seems, but Seahawks GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

And speaking with media Thursday after their 15th-overall pick, it was clear Schneider and Carroll were ecstatic.

“We were extrememly excited. We didn’t want to get too cute with this. We obviously saw him as the best pass-rusher in this draft,” Schneider said. “We had this guy rated as one of the top players in the draft.”

West Virginia DE/OLB Bruce Irvin, selected 15th overall by the Seahawks had a relationship with Pete Carroll dating to his time in junior college at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Carroll recruited Irvin while at USC and had extensive background on him. “The fact that I've known him for so long and have background with the kid -- I know what he's been through,” Carroll said. “… We thought we had special information, and we're really excited about this pick in a huge way.”

West Virginia Illustrated:

Bruce Irvin is the surprise pick of the NFL Draft in 2012.

The West Virginia defensive end told anyone who would listen that he did not feel there were 32 other players better than him in the nation, and the Seattle Seahawks agreed, selecting him 15th overall Thursday night.

The Seattle Times:

The Seattle Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin, a defensive end from West Virginia with the 15th pick of the draft. Seattle received that pick as part of a trade, picking up a fourth and seventh-round choice from Philadelphia to move from the 12th overall to the No. 15.

Irvin is 6 feet 3, weighs 248 pounds, but teams also had character concerns.

Mike Mayock, NFL draft analyst, listed Irvin as the best pure pass rusher available in the draft, but also pointed to character concerns.

Washington Post (AP):

The Seattle Seahawks pulled a stunner in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, addressing their need for a pass rusher by selecting West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick.

The Seahawks’ selection was made after Seattle traded with Philadelphia, moving down from No. 12 to No. 15 and acquiring two picks in the later rounds of the draft.

But no one could have guessed Irvin would be the selection Seattle made.