2012 NFL Draft - Pick 15: Bruce Irvin, OLB, Seattle Seahawks

by Cory J. Bonini on April 26, 2012 @ 18:56:36 PDT

 


Bruce Irvin, OLB, Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks selected West Virginia outside linebacker Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Fantasy analysis: Irvin may be the best natural pass rusher in the entire draft class, but he comes with a host of off-the-field concerns and is undersized at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds.

Seattle may use him in a hybrid role as a pass-rushing 4-3 end, but he is better suited - and more likely to be used as - a 4-3 weakside 'backer.

His individual fantasy value is limited, since he doesn't figure to be much of a tackler at the next level, and sack artists rarely provide a lot of fantasy worth. Seattle's promising defense gets a notable boost, though, since he has the chance to chance quarterbacks and helps their secondary record more picks.

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Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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