Bruce Irvin ‘beasted’ the NFL Combine. Of the 300+ that were invited to Indianapolis for the NFL’s annual event, many pundits agree that Irvin had one of the best workouts during the week. Before the Combine, everyone knew that Irvin was fast. They wanted to see how fast. Officially, Irvin ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard Dash which was best at his position. Unofficially, everyone saw the 4.43 he ran in his 2nd attempt.
To put that in perspective, the ‘official’ time of 4.5 was the fastest among any of the defensive linemen, and would have ranked Irvin as the 2nd fastest among linebackers. The result would have ranked him as the #1 fastest safety at the Combine.
Irvin is seen coming out of WVU as a pass-rushing OLB in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He’s being favorably compared to Von Miller out of Texas A&M who was the defensive rookie of the year last season in Denver.
Ryan Lownes, a writer for DraftBreakdown.com, says that “the three best NFL pass rushing prospects in my eyes are Andre Branch, Bruce Irvin, and Melvin Ingram. Bruce Irvin is among this class’ most athletic and naturally gifted pass rushing prospects. Late 1st-2nd Round.”
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated had the following to say about Irvin after the Combine:
“Irvin disappointed scouts as a senior, but got his draft momentum going in the right direction today. The athletic linebacker was fast in the 40, timing below 4.5 seconds in both runs. He looked quick in all the drills and displayed solid movement skills with the ability to cover a great deal of area on the field.”
David Ubben who blogs for ESPN about the Big 12 Conference listed Irvin as one of his Combine Winners:
“His year was just average given his skill set, but at least the athleticism isn’t in question. I see him as an early Day 2 pick.”
Perhaps Bruce Irvin’s biggest critic is Bruce Irvin. “I’ve got to play more disciplined as the game goes on,” Irvin said. “I start to wander off and just pretty much freestyle. So I just have to be more disciplined for four quarters. To be a good football player I have to do that.”
Matt Smith and Bucky Brooks of NFL Network spoke with Irvin immediately following his workouts at the Combine. You can watch that video here.
Here is what Bucky Brooks had to say about Irvin following the Combine:
“Irvin was one of the stars of the combine after blazing an official time of 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. This eye-popping 40, complemented by impressive measurements in the broad jump (10 feet, 3 inches) and vertical jump (33 1/2 inches), confirm his explosiveness and suggest he might possess the athleticism to move to outside linebacker as a pro. Even though he looked a little rough around the edges in zone drops during position drills, his combination of speed and production (22 1/2 sacks in two seasons at West Virginia) will make him a hot topic for evaluators in war rooms across the league.”