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Nate Irving (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    240 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    N.C. State
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: Denver Broncos
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 3 (67)

Pick Analysis: The Broncos need defensive help on every level, and Irving adds some toughness and playmaking to their linebacker corps. He is an ultra-productive performer with the skills to be a first-year starter in their lineup. This is a tremendous value pick at this point of the draft.
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Overview

Irving has shown tremendous fortitude and determination recovering from a devastating car crash that cost him his 2009 season, and he has the tools to compete for a starting job at the next level. He is a bit undersized, but runs well to make plays outside of the tackle box. He has very good instincts and is rarely out of position, but he can get overwhelmed by bigger blockers in a phone booth situation. In the passing game, he plays with good discipline and flashes the burst to jump underneath routes and put pressure on the quarterback when blitzing. Irving will likely be a third or fourth round choice.


Strengths

Irving is a fast linebacker that makes plays all over the field. Well prepared player that reads keys quickly and has a nose for the football in run support. Drops smoothly in coverage, has terrific ball skills and the closing burst to get after the quarterback on blitzes. Vocal leader and fierce competitor.

Weaknesses

A bit stiff in the hips and does not change direction quickly making him a liability in space and man coverage. Struggles to shed blocks at times. Does not always take proper angles in run support and will not consistently wrap the ball carrier. Missed entire 2009 season after a serious car crash.

Grade

5.3

 
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