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Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 1
  • Pick 15
  • Overall 15

Combine Results

Grade
80.0 ?
  • 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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "This might be the most natural pass rusher in the entire draft. He's only 245 pounds, he's got an explosive get-off, and he's an explosive player, but there are red flags off the field. Pete Carroll has never been afraid of taking on a problem child."

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Irvin 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 defensive end or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, Irvin uses a flurry of moves to get to the quarterback. His uncanny ability to maneuver his undersized frame around and through offensive linemen helped him tally a number of sacks 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 its 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 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. Irvin would be an ideal option at outside linebacker 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 Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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