2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Seahawks
Bruce Irvin is one of the more interesting prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. He dropped out of high school, ended up earning his GED in 2007, and spent time in a juvenile detention center. He played football at Mt San Antonio Community College, then after de-committing from both Tennessee and Arizona State, he finally chose to attend West Virginia.
With the Mountaineers, he had 14 sacks in very limited play in 2010. The reality is that while his pass-rushing potential is truly elite, he's a very raw prospect who has had very little coaching and practice. He is only in his second year with the Mountaineers and whoever takes a chance on him will need to groom him into their defense.
Irvin finished with 22.5 sacks in his two years at WVU, but teams have to be concerned about his ability on first down to make a difference as a run stopper. He's currently undersized and many larger offensive linemen would have no trouble overpowering him.
With a really good combine performance, Irvin secured his place as a Top 40 prospect.... [Read More
Bobby Wagner is an early round prospect with a solid overall game. He is a bit undersized, but plays very well in tight spaces with great tackling skills, good pursuit and noticeable athleticism. Shows a great burst and can find his way to the ball-carrier very quickly.
Wagner's biggest asset when compared to other linebackers is he looks good in coverage. Many linebackers have to develop this skill and it can keep them off the field for at least a season. Wagner shouldn't have that problem. He has a nose for the screen pass and does okay in zone coverage. Needs to do a better job of using his peripheral vision to read the shorter routes.
As a tackler, Wagner is fundamentally sound. He breaks down cleanly, wraps up well and tackles through the ball-carrier. When asked to blitz, he can shed blockers with his long arms. He can hit the edge and displays a nice motor even late in games.
Wagner looks good in most every facet of the game and even though he's a bit too short to play inside, he can play almost any linebacker position in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.... [Read More
The cold hard truth about the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback is that making it in the NFL won't be easy. As an undersized quarterback with average arm strength (who typically makes plays out of the pocket), there's no denying his talent. However, there will be a lot of questions about how he projects at that next level.
Wilson is a gamer who would be best compared to a player like Jeff Garcia. Wilson can move around with ease, make most every throw in the playbook and has been a gamer throughout his career. He overachieved while at North Carolina State and he continued to succeed while with the Badgers.
He's just one of those players who is good at everything, but excellent at none. He puts a little too much air under his deep throws and they lack velocity. His throwing motion is solid, but with his small stature he very rarely stands in the pocket to deliver his throws. Wilson almost always has to shuffle one way or shuffle the other to find throwing lanes and that's just not going to cut it in the NFL.
Wilson is a competitor and has played multiple sports. He could just as easily opt to give baseball another shot if the NFL doesn't work out for him. In the end, there are... [Read More
Robert Turbin is a thick back with a power running style. Has quick feet, always moving forward. He runs behind pads, stay slow, uses good leverage and above average balance. Good speed for his weight and explosive out of his breaks. Very athletic.
Turbin has a great blend of power and quickness. Gets to full speed quickly and a natural downhill runner. Has solid hands and turns around quickly to get upfield. Keeps his legs moving through contact and can continue to gain yards after first contact.
Concerns after 2010 knee injury. Doesn't often play up to timed speed (4.5 40 yard dash at combine). Would typically be described as "more quick than fast." Sometimes a bit reckless with the football in the open field. Vision can still be improved, another year in college could have ironed that out and moved him up a round, but he'll earn his keep in the NFL and probably see the field as a rookie.
Turbin will likely end up becoming a zone runner who can pick his spots and hit the hole full force. He's not a home run hitter, but he'll grind out yards and wear down defenses.... [Read More
Howard brings plenty of experience to the next level as a four-year career player at Florida featured 45 games played and 25 starts. The defensive tackle redshirted in 2007, played sparingly as a freshman in 2008, then became a part-time starter as a sophomore and junior. Howard's breakout campaign came as a senior in 2011, when he started all 13 games and finished fourth on the team with 65 total tackles. Howard was tied for second on the Gators with 10 tackles for loss and second with 5.5 sacks. He also recorded four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. His performance earned him invitations to both the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine.
Howard has good size at 6'3'' and 292 pounds. He would do well to add some bulk, however, and his power off the ball must improve if he wants to consistently disrupt plays in the backfield. He generally runs around a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.93 from that distance. His quickness is what is going to make him a contributor of some sort in the NFL. Howard's first step is quick and that's what makes him a relatively dangerous pass-rusher. His motor is somewhat inconsistent and he will have to bring it on ... [Read More