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Bruce Irvin Scouting Report

Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 245


  • Explosive pass rusher
  • Huge potential and upside
  • Good hand use
  • Solid overall production
  • Best speed rush in the draft
  • No injury history
  • Playmaker who gives maximum effort
  • Extremely athletic, should test off the charts


  • Undersized
  • Character and intelligence concerns
  • Not stout at the point of attack and offers little in run defense
  • Stiff athlete, doesn’t project to be able to drop into coverage well
  • Struggles to disengage from blockers
  • Tweener that doesn’t have a true position
  • Plays with inconsistent leverage

NFL Comparison: Aaron Maybin

Bruce Irvin is a tough prospect to gauge. Irvin exploded onto the college football scene in 2010 as a junior JUCO transfer and had 14 sacks, second most in college football. He followed it up this year with half that many but his numbers are still respectable given he was seeing a lot more double and triple teams. Spent time in a juvenile detention center. Irvin dropped out of high school before getting his GED and moving on to the community college ranks. He also committed and de-committed to both Tennessee and Arizona State before finally going to West Virginia. Irvin is still very raw as a football player, with only two years at the major college level, and will need to be developed. Currently, he profiles best as a third down pass rusher for either a team that plays the wide nine scheme like the Lions or as an OLB on a team that doesn’t have big size requirements like the Jets.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FF
2011 13 40 14.5 8 3
2010 13 21 14 14 2

One response

  1. Richard

    Pete Carroll is building a defense that will rock the NFL.

    May 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

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