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Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin - #11 - DE-OLB

Height: 6-3
Weight: 245
Speed: 4.48
Arm: 33 3/8
Hand: 9 5/8
Wingspan: 78 1/2
Birthdate: 11/01/1987
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Grade: 5.75


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/16/2012 West Virginia Pro Day 6-3 3/8 248 9 1/2 33 79 1/2
02/29/2012 Combine 6-3 245 9 5/8 33 3/8 78 1/2 4.45 23 10'3" 33 1/2 4.05 6.71
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-3 1/4 234 9 5/8 32 1/2 78 1/4 4.50



Played receiver as a Georgia prep but poor grades ended his sophomore season after three games. Transferred to another school, then dropped out of high school altogether as a junior after not having the grades to continue playing football. Spent the next two years on the streets before being arrested on a robbery charge and spending 21⁄2 weeks in jail. Decided to resume his football career in November 2007 after a friend, who had just been arrested, pleaded with him to make something of himself. After getting his GED in December 2007, tried to walk on at Butler Community College (Kan.) but was asked to redshirt and moved on to Mount San Antonio College (Calif.). Was used as a safety in 2008, tallying 16 tackles, two pass breakups and zero interceptions with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble in eight games. Deployed as a pass rusher in ’09, produced 72 tackles, 21 for loss and 16 sacks with five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a 96-yard fumble return TD in 11 games. Made an immediate impact as a pass-rush specialist with the Mountaineers in ’10, when he totaled 21-14-14 with one batted pass and two forced fumbles in 13 games. In ’11, led the team in tackles for loss and sacks after producing 40-15-8 1⁄2 with three forced fumbles in 13 games (six starts at DE spot). Will turn 25 on Nov. 1.


Can run like a scalded dog and is the most explosive pass rusher of any in the draft. Screams off the rock with rare first-step explosion and burst, confirmed in outstanding 10-yard split (1.57 seconds) and broad jump (10 feet 3 inches) at the Combine. Very good behind-the-line production. Outstanding bend, burst, agility and closing speed. Clocked the fastest 3-cone drill at the Combine (6.70). Plays hard and competes. 


Very thinly built and lacks a frame to support much additional bulk. Average base strength. Needs to learn how to set edges and develop a wider pass-rush repertoire. Has never been a full-time starter and instincts are still developing, especially vs. the run. Overaged. Character requires investigation. 


Displays the best take-off of any rusher in the draft. Lacks bulk to be full-time player, but can bring 10-plus sacks as a nickel rusher and be groomed into becoming a potential starter as a 4-3 right end or 3-4 rush linebacker with continued physical development. Premium will be placed on his third-down rush capability. Character, age and intelligence concerns can make his draft standing slide.

Bruce Irvin's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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