Bruce Irvin could switch to linebacker
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin celebrates his team’s victory on the sidelines after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Last season around this time, the Seattle Seahawks shocked just about everyone who was watching the 2012 NFL Draft when they selected WVU defensive end/ outside linebacker Bruce Irvin. One year later, and Irvin is still making noise on the Seahawks roster.
Last season, Irvin recorded 16.0 tackles, 8.0 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. In college, Irvin recorded 62 tackles and 22.5 sacks in two years. It’s no doubt that Irvin’s specialty is getting to the quarterback. His biggest upside, though, is his athleticism. There was a lot of talk before last year’s draft about Irvin switching from defensive end to linebacker. If he steps back, he can use his speed rushing skills to get to the quarterback off the edge. His biggest issue, though? His size and run defense skills.
One of the rumors this off-season floating around about the Seattle Seahawks is the fact that the Seahawks might be moving Irvin and Cliff Avril to linebacker.
Seahawks’ GM John Schneider said, “Irvin can, athletically, absolutely.”
No truth to this move has been made public, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Irvin take some snaps at outside linebacker next season.