The Seattle Seahawks confirmed on Monday that they have agreed to terms with Bruce Irvin, their first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The news was reported on Twitter by John Boyle of the Everett Herald (@johnpboyle).
Irvin, 22, made 40 tackles, recorded 8.5 sacks and forced three fumbles in 2011 for West Virginia, one year after making 14 sacks as a junior to lead the Big East. In just two years with the Mountaineers - he spent his first two years at Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, Calif.) - he claimed the No. 4 spot on the school's career sack list.
Projected as a defensive end at the NFL level, Irvin was considered a surprise pick in the first round after being widely projected as a second- or third-round pick. He ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the league's draft combine, one of four combine events in which he was the top performer at his position.
Irvin joins a Seattle defense that was 11th in the league against the pass in 2011, allowing just under 220 yards per game through the air. The Seahawks will look to improve on that finish in 2012 by adding the highly-regarded pass rusher to their defensive unit.