Bruce Irvin: 10 Things to Know About the Seattle Seahawks First Round Draft Pick

Pete Carroll took a chance on the troubled linebacker from West Virginia.
Pete Carroll took a chance on the troubled linebacker from West Virginia. Reuters

The biggest surprise of the first round of the NFL Draft may have been Bruce Irvin.

The Seahawks selected Irvin with the 15th overall pick, making him the second-highest linebacker selected. Many projected Irvin to go somewhere in the second round, and is considered a reach by many experts.

Despite the critics, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll believes Irvin can one of the best players in this year's draft.

Irvin comes to the Seahawks with a questionable past. He's been arrested multiple times, and has had his issues away from the field. However, the linebacker has reformed his life over the past few years, and is certainly very talented.

Here are 10 facts that you might not know about the newest member of the Seahawks:

-          From Atlanta, Georgia

-          Six-foot-three, 245 pounds

-          Dropped out of school in his junior year of high school

-          Got his GED, never graduated high school

-          Went to Butler Community College and Mt. San Antonio College, before transferring to West Virginia

-          Second team All-Big East in 2010

-          Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated in 2010.

-          Eight sacks, 14.5 tackles for a loss in 2011

-          Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and benched 225 pounds 23 times at the Scouting Combine

-          Arrested in March for alleged destruction of property and disorderly conduct

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