Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterbackTom Brady
(12) is brought down by Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
2. Bruce Irvin – OLB
Bruce Irvin was selected by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2012 draft out of West Virginia. Irvin has always been a superior athlete, but he has yet to put it all together in Seattle. I believe that will change in a big way this season.
The 27-year-old outside linebacker appeared in 15 games last season, making 13 starts for the ‘Hawks. Irvin finished with 37 tackles (24 solo), 6.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. He also picked off a pair of passes, and scored 2 touchdowns. His sack total fell short of his career high of 8, but 2014 was his best all-around season as a professional.
Irvin was dominant in the postseason, posting 6 tackles and registering 2 sacks. The highlight had to be his sack of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. He carried his playoff performance over into the 2015 preseason. Irvin had 3 tackles and 1 sack this summer.
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