Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) as the number thirteen overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Man. Today is going to be awesome.

Wow. Seahawks Draft Blog
Man, I don’t even know where to begin. I love this pick. I love, love, love this pick, in the sense that, had we added him at #75, I’d have been all over it. If it had happened #43, I would have been completely supportive. But at #15? Man, I’m not even sure how I should feel. It’s complicated.

Instant reaction: Seahawks draft Bruce Irvin Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seattle Seahawks keep you guessing. There were a few whispers doing the rounds in the media pre-draft that a team would take Bruce Irvin in round one. I remember hearing that, pausing for a moment and contemplating. "I wonder? Nah." In hindsight, I should’ve offered that rumor more than a momentary glance. The Seahawks traded down three spots from #12, collecting a fourth and sixth round pick from Philadelphia. The Eagles drafted Fletcher Cox. The Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin at #15.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Defending the Bruce Irvin Pick
After coolly trading down to snatch up extra late-round picks (a mid-4th and a mid-6th), the Seattle Seahawks have sent the league into an incredulous tizzy by selecting DE Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia - a guy that, in defiance of the talking-head community, was projected as a Top 15 pick by at least seven teams, according to a PFT source.

Bruce Irvin and a wild night in NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There were no bold strikes up the draft board for NFC West teams Thursday night.

The Williamson Daily News - Bruce Irvin a rag to riches story
One can’t help but pull for former West Virginia University defensive end Bruce Irvin in this week’s NFL draft. To say that Irvin has had a tough road could be putting it mildly.

With a wide-open road ahead of them, the Seahawks took the path least traveled | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times
Bruce Irvin is a "trust-me" selection by the Seattle front office

Photos: 2012 NFL Draft Day 1

The top 10 draft prospects available after round one | ProFootballTalk
Thursday’s first round included quite a few surprises. New 49ers receiver A.J. Jenkins, Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, and even Giants running back David Wilson and Vikings safety Harrison Smith were not commonly "mocked" in the top 32.

2012 NFL Draft's first round dominated by whirlwind of trades - Don Banks - SI.com
Musings, observations, and the occasional insight as we absorb the dizzying events of round one of the NFL Draft Thursday night in Radio City Music Hall...

ProFootballWeekly.com - Seahawks gamble on pure pass rusher Irvin
Bruce who? With the Seahawks in dire need of another pass rusher besides DE Chris Clemons, the consensus in the Pacific Northwest seemed to be that DEs Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram would be the most attractive options available to add a boost off the edge.

Seattle Seahawks draft analysis: Bruce Irvin will be groomed to play pash-rush end - NFL - Sporting News
How he fits: Irvin is a pure speed edge rusher, and though some would look at his 6-3, 245-pound build and assume he needs to bulk up, coach Pete Carroll said he wants Irvin just as lean and fast as possible. He will play a role as a pass-rushing defensive end, which is referred to as the LEO in the Seahawks' scheme. That scheme has one end who's a run-stuffer and more like a third defensive tackle than a traditional 4-3 end. At the other edge of the line is a speed rusher, a role currently held by Chris Clemons and a role Irvin will be groomed to play.

'Worst day of my life' helped prepare Bruce Irvin for being first-round pick - NFL - Sporting News
It wasn’t the jail time or the depression, or the realization that if he didn’t change, he’d be another senseless statistic. What really ate at Bruce Irvin, what made every day more miserable than the last, was the day his mother told him to get out. Threw him on the street and told him she couldn’t watch him destroy a life full of potential.

Seahawks fulfill their need for speed
The Seahawks got the pass rusher they were after, and also added two more draft choices, by trading back in the first round of the NFL Draft to select West Virginia's Bruce Irvin.

Hawks change up | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin. It's important that you get that name right, and not just because no one mentioned him as a player Seattle...

What Seahawks are thinking with Irvin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The 15th overall choice marked that point in the 2012 NFL draft when a team's selection sent me diving into a draft guide to find out more about the latest selection. Irvin Bruce Irvin? Yes, Bruce Irvin.

Seahawks first-round pick Bruce Irvin: "The sky's the limit for me." | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
Well, the first round of this year's NFL Draft is in the books, and it came with plenty of trades and surprises. The Seahawks were involved in both, trading from 12th back to 15th while adding a fourth and sixth round pick, and then using that No. 15 pick to take West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin, a player a lot of people expected to hang around until the second round.

Best available after round one - CBSSports
With the first round over and 32 picks in the books, there is still plenty of talent remaining on the draft board. NFLDraftScout.com's Top-20 still available:

NFL.com news: Larry Fitzgerald has his running mate in Michael Floyd
Larry Fitzgerald has the partner in crime he desperately craved. The Arizona Cardinals selected Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd with the 13th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday, giving Ken Whisenhunt's offense a second playmaker on the wing.

Carroll: Irvin the best pure pass rusher in the draft | Seahawks Insider
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wanted the best pass rusher in the draft, and he believes he got him in West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin. At 6-3, 245 pounds, Irvin finished with 22.5 sacks in 26 games at West Virginia, including 14 in 2010. Irvin was an All-Big East Conference first-team selection by the league’s coaches as a senior.

Irvin: From B.J. to Bruce | Seahawks Insider
Bruce Irvin isn’t ashamed to admit he dabbled in drugs and crime as a teenager. His mother kicked him out of the house and he dropped out of school.

2012 NFL Draft: Updated Best Available Players after Round 1 - Mocking The Draft
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, and what a wild one it was. The night featured 11 picks being involved in trades, four quarterbacks flying off the board and another four wide receivers being selected. And Bruce Irvin was the first pass rusher taken. Who knew? I know your head is probably spinning from that mayhem. A day to let it all sink in will do us all some good. While you're waiting for the second evening of selections to get started, take a look at the best available players according to Dan Kadar. Plenty of impact players will be selected tomorrow night, that much is for sure.

Video: GM Schneider, coach Pete Carroll talk about Bruce Irvin | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
Seattle's coach Pete Carroll talks about his unique background with Bruce Irvin, the first-round pick that Seattle's general manager John Schneider called the best pass rusher in this draft.

Luck, RG3 only sure things in NFL deal-a-thon - NFL News - MyNorthwest.com
With so much wheeling and dealing, maybe the NFL draft should move to Wall Street.

Seattle takes West Virginia's Bruce Irvin - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
B.J. Irvin couldn't stay out of trouble as a youth. So when he arrived at Mt. San Antonio College in 2009, B.J. became Bruce. And while Bruce Irvin hasn't been completely clear of off-field problems, his freakish athleticism landed him a spot in the first-round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

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