Bruce Irvin   #55 DE

Height: 6-3   Weight: 250   Age: 31

Born: 11/1/1987 Atlanta , GA

College: West Virginia

Experience: 8th season

High School: Stockbridge HS [GA]; Stephenson HS [Stone Mountain, GA]









Combine 2012


  • Broad Jump123.0 inches
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.03 secs
  • Vertical Jump33.5 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill6.7 secs
  • 40 Yard Dash4.5 Secs
  • Bench Press23.0 reps


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.


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.