A new report came out Sunday that Seahawks first round pick Bruce Irvin may have been gone, if the Hawks traded down from the 15th pick.
Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange and CBS Sports writes that the Jets were going to draft Irvin with the 16th pick. In fact, the Jets brass called Seattle five minutes after the pick. He was "good-naturedly cursing a Seahawks' counterpart for having chosen the prospect New York planned to grab one pick later."
Pasquarelli reports there were more teams interested. He says the Bears (19th overall), the Packers (28th overall), and the 49ers (30th overall) had the West Virginia DE/LB on their radar. They either planned to draft him or had him high on their first round draft boards.
When the Hawks drafted Irvin, they were instantly lambasted. ESPN's Mel Kiper Junior called it "mind-boggling". He thought he was a second rounder at best. Seahawk nation didn't know him. Heck, most of the media in the Northwest had never really heard of him.
General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll came out to quell all the doubters. Carroll called him "a rare guy and a rare chance to get a guy like this."
Maybe now after this latest report, the fans, the media, and the draft experts will understand that Schneider and Carroll pulled off a nice coup. Maybe the 12th Man can be, like Carroll, "really pumped" up about the pick.