Bruce Irvin 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Bruce Irvin
6'3, 235 pounds | Outside Linebacker/Defensive End | West Virginia

First word:
We have mentioned it time and time again but the ability to create pressure is something that all defensive coordinators covet.  NFL teams are searching for the next great pass rusher and with the emergence of the 3-4 defense linebackers are getting more attention.  Good defensive coordinators find away to use talented players with speed and quickness.

Bruce Irvin is all about speed and suddenness with the ability to create a ton of pressure.  He possesses an explosive first step that allows him to get up field and threaten the edge.  However, it is his non-stop motor that really makes him dangerous as he never stops pursing the football.  Offensive tackles really struggle to protect the edge against Irvin because of his quickness off the football. 

Creating pressure is important but you need to be a complete player to really make an impact in the NFL.  Irvin needs to spend time adding bulk and strength to his frame.  His ability to improve his run defense will go along way to improve his draft stock.  Irvin will also need to spend time learning the ins and outs of pass coverage as he is rarely asked to drop.

Overall, Irvin has all the physical tools to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL.  He is athletic enough to make the adjustment from defensive end to outside linebacker.  Improving his run defense and adding some new pass rush moves will be something evaluators look for this season.

Bold statement: Irvin will have another highly productive season and kill it at the combine.  He will be in the discussion as a late 1st round selection.

Games viewed: NC State ('10), Maryland ('10), Pittsburgh ('10)


Bruce Irvin
6'3, 235 pounds | Outside Linebacker/Defensive End | West Virginia

Notes:

  • Irvin is an extremely explosive player that excels at creating pressure
  • He has an excellent first step which allows him to constantly threaten the edge
  • Irvin is always giving 100% effort and moving at his top speed
  • His motor is a major contributor to the pressure he creates
  • Once he gets the edge, he has the 2nd gear to explode towards the quarterback and get the sack
  • His suddenness helps keep offensive linemen off his body
  • Irvin does a nice job maintaining leverage throughout the play
  • He is able to quickly change direction making it tough for linemen to adjust to his inside move
  • His quick hands help him keep clean as he pursues the football
  • Irvin needs to add more bulk to his frame
  • He is a true tweener without a definite position
  • If a lineman gets into his frame he struggles to disengage
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