Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The Seahawks draft starts here

With the Seattle Seahawks first selection of the 2012 NFL Draft they Select Bruce Irwin…

Scouts Grade 83: 6’3″ 245lbs Bruce Irwin

On April 22, 2010 (Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s first draft) you could look at the Seattle Seahawks roster and see nothing but holes that needed to be filled and empty cupboards. They could easily chose the best player available because no matter what position that happened to be it would be one of need.

Fast forward to today, April 26th, 2012 (the year of the 12th man) and there are more answers to those holes then there are questions about how they are going to fill the missing pieces. Despite back to back 7-9 seasons the team has been making significant progress over the course of the last two off-seasons.

As with any team in the NFL there are always holes that need to be plugged and the Seahawks are no different.

In order to acquire more draft pick the Seahawks traded from the 12th overall pick to the 15th and added a 4th round and a 6th round pick in this years draft. The Eagles chose Fletcher Cox defensive tackle out of Mississippi State.

My top two players slotted to the Seahawks (Ingram and DeCastro) were still available at that point in the draft and I was not in favor of trading the pick away. But after the Cardinals selected Michael Floyd I knew one of the two players would still be an option for the Seahawks at 15, possibly both.

Bruce Irwin the SHOCKER of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Courtesy PCJS

Then the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Brockers defensive tackle LSU and I changed my tune and realized the trade was brilliant.

But then……..

The Seahawks were on the Clock:

Today the Seahawks have filled one of their biggest needs when they drafted Bruce Irvin defensive end West Virginia with the 15th overall selection.

Out of the University of West Virginia he is a sack specialist who should have been available much later in the draft.

By drafting this youngster the team has upgraded the defensive end position but I don’t see him as near the player Melvin Ingram is, nor does he have near the upside that Quinton Coples has.

He is a liability in the running game and will likely be used in passing situations to spell Red Bryant.

For the first time I can remember I am absolutely stunned and speechless.

Yes, they filled a need but I could name 5 players at his position that were available that I would have selected long before him.


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Post tags: 12th man, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Irvin, David DeCastro, Eagles, Fletcher Cox, John Schneider, Mark Ingram, Melvin Ingram, NFL draft, Pete Carroll, Quinton Coples, Red Bryant, St. Louis Rams
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