Carroll, Seahawks under scrutiny

Selection of pass-rusher Irvin at No. 15 raised eyebrows; was it a mistake?

Originally Published: May 1, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

How valuable is a defender who can sack the quarterback?

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll put that premise to a huge test on Thursday, when he made West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin the No. 15 selection in the draft. No pass-rushers were taken in the first 14 picks. Carroll and general manager John Schneider felt comfortable enough to drop back three spots, pick up fourth- and sixth-round choices and take Irvin.

The criticism across the league stemmed ...

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