The West Virginia product led all rookies in sacks last year with eight as a part-time player coming in at defensive end in passing situations. But Carroll plans on moving the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder to outside linebacker this year, where he’ll compete for a starting job with Malcolm Smith.
Irvin will remain one of Seattle’s main pass rushers on third down. Carroll believes the transition for Irvin will be an easy one.
“He’s extremely versatile, and that’s why we’ve loved him from the start,” Carroll said. “He’s really fast. He’s 250 pounds, and he’s exactly fitting the right kind of body type to play outside backer in the 3-4 system. We’re a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks. He’s extremely valuable for us.”