IRVING, Texas – Seattle raised many eyebrows when it took Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in the first round. After all, Irvin had started only six games at West Virginia.
But the NFL is about quarterback play and getting after the quarterback.
The Seahawks look at Irvin, who had 22.5 sacks in 26 games at West Virginia, as a difference-maker as a pass rusher, but perhaps not in the DeMarcus Ware mold.
“We likened him to some different guys -- the real, real speed guys,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a 4.4 (40-yard dash) guy. He’s like a defensive back in a 250-pound body. So really, of all the guys you look at, he’s the speed rusher. Ware can do everything. He’s power. He’s everything. Bruce is a ways from that right now. He’s working at it, but he’s going to be an effective football player. Great motor and the speed alone will make him a factor. I’m hoping in the next five, six games into the season, he’ll find his stride and be a big factor for us.”