Draft Rounds 1-3: Surprises Galore!
Published April 28, 2012 | By Matt Mikolas | Edit
I think right about now, Casey McLain at the very least is in the hunt for a new remote control, if not an entire wall of his home. That said, I think it’s safe to say that the first two days of the Seahawks draft have been … controversial? Maddening? Confusing? Remember that first time you were with a girl, and discovered the deceptive horror that is the ultra-padded/stuffed bra? “Wait … wha? I’m so surprised. I’ve been tricked. But … I still kind of … like it?”
That’s the Seahawks draft. So, let’s break this thing down, and try to turn this 32A of a draft into a at least a full C, shall we?
Round 1: Bruce Irvin- DE/OLB- West Virginia
So much to say.
The minutes leading up to this pick were some of the most exciting that I can ever remember on a draft day. We had just moved down from twelve to fifteen, in what appeared to be a genius move. The three teams Seattle moved back behind didn’t come close to touching any player it would have an interest in. We knew the Seahawks were looking to upgrade their upfront pass rush, and if they wanted, Quinton Coples, and Melvin Ingram were still right there. Also sitting there was David DeCastro, the very highly regarded OG out of Stanford, who I envisioned paving the way for Seattle runners for years and years to come.
All the excitement. Wondering. What’s to come? Another trade down? A big name pass rusher? Our offensive lineman of the future?
Then the selection comes, and the words out of Roger Goodell’s mouth leave every draft-centric room in the Seattle area a stunned silence.
All the excitement and anticipation and unabashed glee, which could have rivaled that of a seven year old boy standing outside the gate to Disneyland, just whooshed out of the room, and was replaced by my head in my hands, wondering what Pete Carroll and John Schneider had done.
Then, the shock and awe continue, as draft experts label the pick a huge reach. I learn that not only is Irvin a mid to late second round selection on most boards, but he’s had off-field issues, is a high school dropout, and was arrested less than a month ago.
Now, I’m here to tell you that after researching this pick, IF it pans out — which is a big if — it will be a genius move that people will talk about for years.