NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia
Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Bruce Irvin
- Bruce Irvin, OLB West Virginia
- 6-foot-3, 245lbs
- Teammates claim he has run a sub 4.4 40 yard dash
- 4.50 40yd dash
- 4.03 20 yard shuttle
- 6.7 3-cone drill
- 10.25′ long jump
- 33.5″ vertical jump
- 23 bench press reps
News & Notes:
Irvin dropped out of High School as a junior and spent 2 years on the streets caught up in the seamy world of drug dealing and robberies. Was arrested and spent a few weeks in jail, where a friend pleaded with him to not waste the physical gifts he was blessed with. Irvin turned his life around, got his GED and enrolled at Mt. San Antonio Junior College. After a season where he recorded 16 sacks, Irvin transferred to West Virginia and spent two seasons there.
What they’re saying about him:
Wes Bunting (National Football Post): A gifted athlete who has the initial burst to routinely reach the edge. However, lacks ideal size and doesn’t have a real sophisticated pass rushing repertoire. Is going to make the move to a 34 OLB at the next level and might need a little time. Reminds me some of the Chris Clemons.
Chad Reuter (CBS Sports): Despite his lack of experience, Irvin’s athleticism and toughness should give him a chance to be a pass rusher as a 3-4 linebacker at the next level, or possibly a defensive end for the handful of NFL 4-3 teams not minding his lack of size. If he answers questions about his past to NFL scouts’ satisfaction, they may decide to take a chance on his potential in either role with an early-round selection.
NFL.com (Combine): Bruce is a compelling prospect whose athletic ability is as unique as his path to the NFL. An electrifying pass rusher who will fit as either a specialist DE or an OLB in a 3-4 scheme, Irvin uses a flurry of moves and his uncanny athletic ability to maneuver his undersized frame around and through offensive linemen to produce massive sack production in his limited views at West Virginia. A player who is hampered by his size and amount of snaps taken at a high level, Irvin should be selected within the first two rounds of the draft by a team looking for a boost in their ability to get to the quarterback.
- dynamic first step and burst off the snap.
- Likes to draw the tackle outside with speed and then cut inside, perhaps too often.
- Needs to learn to use his hands better and develop another move.
- very active and eager in pursuit
- Plays contain well – tough for a ball carrier to get outside of him
- Can get lost in a crowd… best in open space. A pass rush specialist for a 3-4 team.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.