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MORGANTOWN -

Bruce Irvin is the surprise pick of the NFL Draft in 2012.

The West Virginia defensive end told anyone who would listen that he did not feel there were 32 other players better than him in the nation, and the Seattle Seahawks agreed, selecting him 15th overall Thursday night.

Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound athlete with a back story that made him one of the talks of draft, came to WVU in the 2010 season. In his first year with the Mountaineers, he lit up the stat sheet and Big East quarterbacks, tallying 14 sacks, good for second-best in the country.

As a senior, his production was down as he made the transition to an every down player, with 8.5 sacks, but he led the team with 15 tackles for loss.

Projected as an outside linebacker in the NFL, Irvin goes to a team that finished the 2011 season with a 7-9 record. Seattle's defense was 11th best against the pass, yielding 219.9 yards per game.

Irvin will now work to improve that number in his rookie season in the NFL.

The No. 15 selection, Irvin is the highest pick for West Virginia since Adam "Pacman" Jones went to the Tennessee Titans with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 Draft. He becomes the ninth Mountaineer to get picked up in the first round.

Originally from Stone Mountain, Ga., Irvin ventured to junior colleges in Kansas and California before ultimately settling in Morgantown.

Before the NFL Draft began on Thursday evening, Irvin posted a message to his Twitter account that read:

"Wvu has to have the best fan base man the support I'm getting is crazy! I love yall!"

Since he has been selected, the love is continuing to flood his way.

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