Could 49ers Bolster Pass Rush With Seahawks OLB Bruce Irvin?


During the 2012 NFL Draft many people projected the San Francisco 49ers to target OLB Bruce Irvin with their first-round pick. Instead he went earlier than expected, as the Seattle Seahawks snatched up his services with the No. 15 pick.

Considered a late first-round to early second-round pick by many NFL pundits, Irvin’s potential was too hard to ignore for the Seahawks, as they needed pass-rushing help. At 6-3, 245, Irvin’s rare ability to get to the quarterback has been a strength and has translated nicely at the NFL level.

In 52 regular season games, Irvin has recorded 123 tackles and 21.0 sacks while routinely seen wrecking havoc in the backfield. However, the verdict is still out on if Irvin will get that big pay day from the Seahawks organization as he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free-agent at season’s end. Could the 49ers target?

The 49ers definitely need to generate a stronger pass-rush to help out a suspect secondary and Irvin could be the answer.

Irvin is stout against the run at the point of attack and has the athleticism to shed blockers. Aside from that skill-set it’s Irvin’s ability to set the edge that should have Forever Faithful intrigued.

At the NFL combine, Irvin was a top performer at his position for the 40-yard dash, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and short shuttle with results of 4.50, 123-inch, 6.70, and 4.03 respectively. Not to mention, Irvin knocked out 23 reps on the bench press, he would only do wonders for DC Eric Mangini’s defense as he can be used in a multitude of ways while lining up opposite of OLB Aaron Lynch.

To think that the 49ers would have two pass-rush specialists on the edge with Lynch and Irvin would make quarterbacks cringe the night before the game.

Whether or not the 49ers target Irvin remains to be seen. The team already has OLB Ahmad Brooks and rookie OLB Eli Harold on the roster, but they could really use a boost in the pass-rush as that’s Irvin’s forte.

The Forever Faithful should see this in action if he’s able to play this week as he’s currently dealing with a sprained MCL.

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