Should the Seattle Seahawks Move DE Bruce Irvin to Linebacker?

By Connor Hutyler
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Going into the offseason, the biggest need for the Seattle Seahawks was on the defensive line, especially at defensive end.  While they do return starter Chris Clemons and second-year end Bruce Irvin, the Seahawks added two big free agents, as both of those players could be question marks heading into this year.  Clemons is coming off of a torn ACL and meniscus that he suffered in the playoffs against the Washington Redskins.  As for Irvin, he did have an impressive eight sacks in his rookie year but struggled at times against bigger blockers.

With the Seahawks not being sure of how these two would perform this year, they decided to go out and sign two of the best free agent defensive ends available in Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.  This has caused somewhat of a logjam at the position, but one solution would be to convert Irvin into an outside linebacker.  The Seahawks have already been rumored to be contemplating this switch, and I think they should.

There’s no doubt that Irvin looked good at times as a defensive end last season, but it just seemed like there was something missing that was keeping him from really putting it all together and having a spectacular year.  While eight sacks is a lot for a rookie, I think he could have had a much bigger impact at one of the outside linebacker spots, especially at the strong-side position.  He certainly possesses the speed as he once ran a 4.43 40-time.

With his combination of size, strength and speed, there’s no doubt in my mind that Irvin could make the move.  With some good coaching which the Seahawks have plenty of, Irvin could become an elite player at the outside linebacker position and help to improve an already incredible defense.

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