Photo of Bruce Irvin
Grade
86.0 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.03 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

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.

Analysis

Strengths

Irvin has an array of moves that he uses when working the outside on an offensive tackle. He can use an explosive plant and drive that allows him to get up under the chin of a tackle and disengage quickly to gain separation, or simply use his short area burst to dip and run around a blocker. He is a stellar outside run defender and rarely lets plays get outside of him even though he struggles to hold an edge at the point of attack. His athletic ability is what allows him to be a read-and-react player in the run game, yet still be effective. He can keep his balance even when shocked by much bigger linemen and is a reliable tackler when he gets to the ball. Bruce would be an ideal option at outside backer in a 3-4 defense where he can focus solely on rushing the passer.

Weaknesses

Although he was effective as a run defender in his senior year, for the better part of Irvin's career he struggled to stay on the field on non-passing downs. He is inexperienced as a three-down defender, and it remains to be seen if he can be a reliable option defending the run. He also, surprisingly, struggles when given the task of covering tight ends one on one, and up to this point has been widely considered a pass rush only option for the West Virginia defense.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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