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Bruce Irvin - 3 Quick Scouting Reports

Here are three scouting reports from various draft-guides and spreadsheet info I've gathered ahead of the draft with credentials and twitter account info, in case you want to look the sources up or ask questions, etc. All these reports (all 3 of them) In this case are on our new defensive SAVAGE Bruce Irvin. The second one is in image format, so just click it and it will zoom to a readable view for you. Maybe I should have called the post '2 Scouting Reports and One Quick Blurb', but whatever. Quick info has it's price, I guess. I think all three offer some insight and info for those who like the nuts and bolts of our Irvin pick in more detail. Have fun.

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Dane Brugler's Draft Guide / NFL Draft Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com

@dpbrugler


13. BRUCE IRVIN | West Virginia 6-3|245 lbs|4SR Atlanta, GA (Stephenson HS) 11/1/1987 (age 24) #11

A one-year starter, Bruce Irvin dropped out of high school as a junior, later enrolling at Mt. San Antonio College. He was a First-Team JUCO All-American in 2009 and was considered a five-star JUCO recruit, choosing West Virginia over Arizona State and Tennessee. Irvin was a reserve pass rusher in 2010 as a junior (13 gp/0 st), recording 21 tkls, 14.0 tfl, 14.0 sacks (second in nation), 1 pbu and 2 FF, earning Second Team All-Big East honors. He started his senior season as a starter in 2011 before moving to nickel coverage (13 gp/6 st), finishing with 40 tkls, 15.0 tfl, 8.5 sacks and 3 FF, earning First Team All-Big East honors.
STRENGTHS: Irvin has a long, lankly frame with active hands and good arm length (33 ½"). He is an explosive athlete with a quick first step, very good speed in pursuit and closing burst - fluid hips and footwork to change directions. Irvin has a strong plant foot to redirect in a flash - favorite move is to step outside then burst inside the blocker. He has a smaller frame to knife in small holes in the OL and is at his best stunting and moving around. Irvin has good length to wrap and finish tackles. He works through the whistle to chase down ballcarriers with a relentless attitude. Irvin does a nice job staying aware to recognize and react with very good speed. He was productive in his limited playing time with 22.5 total sacks the past two seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Irvin has a slim, slender body type with a very lean frame and narrow torso. He needs to continue to add bulk and get stronger, but he has limited room to add much more muscle. Irvin struggles to shed at the POA and has a tough time getting off blocks - too easily washed out of the play and ends up going where the blocker wants. He gets too upright off the snap and gets easily discouraged after he's initially stopped. Irvin has inconsistent snap anticipation and needs to cut down on the offsides penalties. He has streaky run instincts and too often attacks the wrong gaps, taking himself out of the play. Irvin has very raw pass rush moves, relying too much on his spin move and needs to develop counters. He wasn't as productive as a starter and was better when used as a part-time player. Irvin needs to play smarter and cut down on the dumb penalties. He has sketchy character and background and there are a lot of questions about his intelligence to learn and carry himself as a professional.

OVERALL: Irvin has a very colorful past - was a HS WR but then dropped out before moving across the country to escape the gang life, later enrolled in junior college where he thrived as a pass rusher. He played out of position in college, lining up as a weakside DE in West Virginia's 3-3-5 defense, but was only a part-time player and didn't see the field on most first downs or obvious run plays (only 6 career starts). Irvin has explosive first-step quickness to collapse the pocket, but is a one-dimensional speed rusher at this point who is still extremely raw and more of a see ball/get ball type of player - a boom-or-bust player who will be scheme specific as a nickel rush OLB in a 3-4 formation, reminiscent of an Aaron Maybin-type, and will be overdrafted, maybe as early as the first round.

PROJECTION: 4th-5th Round COMPARISON: Aaron Maybin WORKOUT RESULTS: 4.45 40-YD DASH // 23 REPS // 33.5" V // 10'3" BJ // 6.71 3C // 4.05 SS

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Optimum Scouting's NFL Draft Guide / Eric Galko, Director of Scouting for Optimum Scouting

@OptimumScouting

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Josh Norris, Rotoworld NFL Draft Contributor

@JoshNorris

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Bruce Irvin

5.5

West Virginia

6022/245/4.54

Miscast as DE in 3-3-5, 14 sacks JR yr. + speed rush, +adeq burst off LOS, outside dip. Rushers passer like RB, avoids contact/finds open lanes. -counter move, helpless after momentum is stopped, -phys rarely engages. Tentative vs run, -responsibility/edge. Bites on fakes, adeq short area qks. + frame. Situational pass rusher to start.

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