Mountaineer defensive end Bruce Irvin has been a busy man since the NFL Combine. By the time the Draft rolls around at the end of this month, he will have visited and worked out for at least 12 teams.
They want to see him work out, and maybe just as importantly, they want to talk to him to see what makes him tick.
Irvin was already seen as a potential early round pick, but Dan Pompei points out in the National Football Post’s Sunday Morning Blitz, all of his visits may have driven up the price of Irvin. The competition between the twelve teams may cause a team such as New England to spend a first round pick on Irvin.
As Pompei wrote:
“West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin may be heating up in the draft to the point he could creep into the first round. He is scheduled to take 12 visits to NFL teams. He is appealing both the 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker and 4-3 teams as a defensive end. Among the teams he is visiting are the Bears, Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins, Forty Niners, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Texans and Titans. Part of the reason so many want to see him is coaches want to put him on the board and watch tape with him, and have a chance to see what makes him tick.”