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To all of you 12s who want to kill the 'Hawks for the Bruce Irvin pick: I envy you

I envy you because you are in an utterly enviable position. Here we are on the night following day one of the draft. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th round have not happened yet. The pre-season hasn't happened yet. Not a snap of the 2012-2013 pre-seaon or regular season has been played. The Seahawks just picked Bruce Irvin with the #15 pick in the first round of the draft a few hours ago. We're all still trying to process the implications. You HATE the pick. You HATE it. You think we reached. You think someone else would have been better. You're sure that if we really liked Irvin, we could have taken him in the second round. You HATE THE F%#$ing PICK!!!! And I envy you.


I envy you because by hating this pick you have put yourself in a truly enviable position. If next season comes and goes and Irvin turns out to be a bust, then you can say you were right. You can refer back to draft day and you can say: "I told you so!" "I told you he was the wrong pick!" If next season comes and goes and Bruce Irvin is a non-factor or a minor factor for the 'Hawks while Quinton Coples goes absolutely nuts for the Jets or Melvin Ingram goes berserk for the Chargers or any other player who was drafted at #16 or lower does anything positive for any non-Seahawks team, then you get to be right.

On the other hand, if Bruce Irvin develops into a complete stud; if he records his eighth sack of the year in the sixth game of the season; if he literally eats Sam Bradford's face during a game; if one of those things happens then you, as a Seahawks fan, get to have the next Aldon Smith or the next Jason Pierre-Paul on your squad. You get to have an absolute stud of a pass-rusher playing for this Seahawks team about which you, like the rest of us, are so passionate. You, Bruce-Irvin-pick-hating-12s, you are in a win-win situation right now. You get to be right or you get a considerably improved defensive line.

For me, I know just enough about football to know that I am fully bought in to the direction in which the current management regime is taking this team. If you're really keeping score on hits and misses, they have whiffed so far on Whitehurst and that's all. You can make the case that they whiffed on Gallery and time may tell that Carpenter was the wrong pick last year. Conversely, you can already make the case that they dug up hidden gems in Baldwin, Chancellor, Sherman, BMW and Clemons. The jury is as much out on Lockette to the positive as it is on Carpenter to the negative. Giacomini could just as easily cancel out Gallery in terms of the ratio of performance to expectation. All things considered, Carroll and Schneider have given us every reason to believe that they really know what they're doing in terms of evaluating talent and either fitting that talent into their scheme or fitting their scheme around that talent. I would challenge any of you who really hates this pick to make a compelling argument that Pete and John don't get it or that they aren't headed in the right direction.

In the meantime, enjoy the win/win proposition that comes with vehemently hating this pick.

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