|Bruce Irvin Scouting Report
|Bruce Irvin - West Virginia (HT: 6-3 - WT: 245)
Positives -- Exactly what you look for in terms of size and speed for a 3-4 outside linebacker... His first step is fantastic and any wasted motion by an offensive tackle means that Irvin will be right around him... Has the strength to bull rush also, catches some tackles off guard when he goes right for them
instead of around like most scouting reports and film lead them to believe... Uses leverage very well, knows he's outweighed by players and his superior athleticism allows him to be the low man... Once he puts it all together 12-13 sacks a year isn't out of the question; just oozes of potential... Has had to earn every opportunity that he has received and is a better person for it... Immediate impact as a situational pass rusher... If a defensive coordinator can tap into his potential then he could be one of the better pass rushers in the league... Ran a 4.50-40 at the combine, was part of the defensive line grouping but only California's Mychal Kendricks ran faster than Irvin among linebackers.
Negatives -- Doesn't have experience in the 3-4 defense; played defensive end in the 4-3 at West Virginia but is undersized for that position in the NFL... Tries to jump the snap too often; falls for a hard count way too often, a good quarterback will recognize this and use it all day... Doesn't have the bulk to be in during running situations, gets taken out of plays by lineman and sometimes doesn't show an interest in making a play... May be resorted to only being a pass rusher like Aaron Maybin; lacks the lower body strength to be an every down linebacker... Very raw, will either make or a break his position coach and defensive coordinator; could be a star or out of the league in four years... Recently arrested for destruction of property and could see his draft stock drop as a result... Didn't face the best competition and may struggle facing guys that have been around the block.
At West Virginia -- (Official School Bio) 2010: Played in all 13 games... Honorable mention All-America by SI.com... Named second team all-Big East by the Big East coaches and third team by Phil Steele... No. 2 in the nation in sacks... No. 3 on WVU's single-season sack chart... Led the Big East in sacks and tied for No. 4 in tackles for loss... Big East Defensive Champion: Maryland... WVU Defensive Champion: Maryland, USF, Louisville, Rutgers... Finished with 21 total tackles, 18 unassisted, 14 sacks, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles... Multiple sacks in five games... Season-high four solo tackles against Maryland, including a season-high three sacks for 22 yards, a pass breakup and a forced fumble... Three solo tackles, including two sacks for 17 yards at UConn... Three solo tackles, including two sacks at Louisville... Two sacks for 14 yards against Rutgers... Two sacks and forced a fumble against NC State in the Champs Sports Bowl. Junior College: Helped lead Mt. San Antonio to a 13-1 record, and conference, state and national Championships... First-team All-American by JC Athletic Bureau (LB) and Triumphant Sports (DE)... Second-leading tackler on his team with 72 total tackles, including 45 solo stops, 16 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, five pass breakups and one fumble recovery he returned 96 yards for a touchdown... Scout.com's junior college No. 2 ranked player overall.