Bruce Irvin, drafted No. 15 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, is learning a new position this offseason.
According to The News Tribune, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll plans on moving Irvin from defensive end to outside linebacker, where he’ll compete against Malcolm Smith for the starting job.
“He’s extremely versatile, and that’s why we’ve loved him from the start,” Carroll said. “He’s really fast. He’s 250 pounds, and he’s exactly fitting the right kind of body type to play outside backer in the 3-4 system. We’re a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks. He’s extremely valuable for us.”
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder will move back to defensive end in the nickel package.
Irvin led all rookies in sacks last season with eight as a part-time player coming in at defensive end in passing situations.
The second year pro will miss the first four games of the 2013 season because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy for PEDs. He reportedly tested positive for Adderall.