|07-10-2013, 11:54 AM||#1|
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Seahawks Moving DE Bruce Irvin To Linebacker
When asked about drafting Bruce Irvin with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll called him a "carbon copy" of Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller.
It's no surprise, then, that Carroll now plans to switch Irvin from defensive end to strong-side linebacker, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Irvin will compete with Malcolm Smith for the starting job, a battle he's expected to win as soon as his four-game suspension expires.
Carroll believes it will be a natural transition for Irvin, the No. 1 defensive player on their draft board a year ago.
"He's extremely versatile, and that's why we've loved him from the start," Carroll explained. "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."
Irvin still will see snaps at defensive end in the nickel package, but this move appears to be a concession that he shies away from contact in the running game.
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