Seahawks moving Bruce Irvin to outside linebacker

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After a pretty strong rookie season in 2012, the Seattle Seahawks plan on moving defensive end Bruce Irvin to outside linebacker, according to Eric D. Williams of the News Tribune.

 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.”

This move makes sense since they now have Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to go along with Chris Clemons.

Irvin won’t be available for the first four games of the regular season since he’s been suspended by the NFL for using performance enhancing drugs.