Top 10 West Virginia Mountaineers in the First Round of the NFL Draft

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8. Bruce Irvin- 15th to Seattle Seahawks, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) during the game against the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot of fuss over the Seahawks “reaching” with the drafting of Bruce Irvin at the #15 spot. Many critics thought that Irvin, a pass rushing specialist, was not worthy of such a high pick.

Clearly those critics were wrong.

Irvin had an impressive rookie campaign with 8 sacks and really provided a balanced pass rush with fellow defensive end Chris Clemons. Now, heading into year 2, it will be interesting to see if Irvin can take the next step and evolve into a premier pass rusher.

He has already established a name for himself as a terrifying defensive end, probably due to the fact that (with his helmet on) he looks like the Predator: