We’ve got two rounds to get through when the festivities kick off again at 4:00, but don’t expect things to drag on for too many hours. The picks in the first round yesterday each had a time limit of ten minutes, but they were turned in so quickly that Roger Goodell’s announcements were roughly 1-2 picks behind at all times, something I can’t ever remember seeing happen in the first round. With the shorter time limits today — seven minutes per pick in round two and five minutes in round three — I half expect to see team representatives waiting in line ten deep to turn in their draft cards.
If you’re worried that the Seahawks were reaching when they drafted Bruce Irvin 15th overall yesterday, then Pete Carroll’s appearance on the Brock and Salk show earlier today (which you can hear by clicking on the audio link at the top of this article) may assuage some of your concerns. Among other things, Pete Carroll explained that Irvin was the top pass rusher on their draft board all along and that they had reason to believe that the Jets were poised to draft him themselves with the very next pick. He also addressed the concerns about spending a first round pick on a guy who would “only” be on the field on passing downs by pointing out that was Raheem Brock’s role last year and he still played roughly 650 defensive snaps.
Carroll’s estimate sounds about right to me. With teams working more and more three and four wide receiver sets into their offensive gameplan each year, situational defenders like nickel DBs and pass-rushing DEs are seeing their playing time expand accordingly. In short, don’t expect Irvin to spend much time sitting on the bench in 2012.
Barring some more trades, the Seahawks have two picks today: the 11th pick in the second round (45th overall) and the 12th pick in the third round (75th overall). Who would you like to see Schneider and Carroll snag today?