Everyone was quite surprised on Thursday night when the Seattle Seahawks drafted former West Virginia linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made it clear that he believes Irvin is a perfect fit for their system and can’t wait for him to hit the field.
So fired up to have Bruce Irvin on the Seahawks! Speed, motor, height… Perfect for our system! #12thMan will love him coming off the edge!
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 27, 2012
Irvin had a rough upbringing and at one point had a hard time finding a home and ended up spending time in jail for burglary when he was known as B.J. Irvin.
In March Irvin found trouble once again when he was arrested and charged with destruction of property and disorderly conduct, for allegedly knocking a magnetic sign off a restaurant delivery car in West Virginia.
“B.J. was the one that was getting in trouble,” said Irvin, per the SeattlePI.com. “That’s two different people, man. That’s two different people. I hate when people say I got character issues, you know? I can see it if I was getting in trouble in junior college. But I’ve never been suspended, I’ve never failed a drug-testing. I had that little hiccup, but that’s it, you know?
“I’m just so happy Pete Carroll trusted in me and just believed in me. Deep down in his heart, he knew I was a changed person. He knew Bruce. Pete Carroll don’t even know B.J. He knows Bruce, so that’s all that matters now.”
At the end of the day, if Irvin can live on to his potential there won’t be a problem, but the Seahawks need him to put his past to the side and thrive in Seattle.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone