The choice marked the first shocker of the draft. Irvin -- a defensive end/linebacker -- showed explosive physical ability during his time at West Virginia, but character issues played a large part in why many draft experts labeled him a second-rounder at best.
Pete Carroll didn't share the same opinion. The Seahawks coach recruited Irvin at junior college during the coach's run at USC, but poor grades killed a potential pairing. It took some time, but Carroll finally got his man.
So fired up to have Bruce Irvin on the Seahawks! Speed, motor, height... Perfect for our system! #12thMan will love him coming off the edge!â Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 26, 2012
Irvin's rough upbringing is well-documented. Before football changed his life, the former B.J. Irvin struggled to find a home and spent time in jail on a burglary charge.
He had another setback in March, when he was arrested and charged with destruction of property and disorderly conduct, after he allegedly knocked the magnetic sign off a restaurant delivery car in Morgantown, W.Va.
Irvin was successful in getting the charges dismissed Tuesday. He was a first-round pick two days later.
"B.J. was the one that was getting in trouble," Irvin said, according to SeattlePI.com. "That's two different people, man. That's two different people. I hate when people say I got character issues, you know? I can see it if I was getting in trouble in junior college. But I've never been suspended, I've never failed a drug-testing. I had that little hiccup, but that's it, you know?
"I'm just so happy Pete Carroll trusted in me and just believed in me. Deep down in his heart, he knew I was a changed person. He knew Bruce. Pete Carroll donât even know B.J. He knows Bruce, so that's all that matters now.â
Bruce, B.J., whoever ... the Seahawks need you to perform.