Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 2/17/12
Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia #11 Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 245   Strengths: Prototypical size/athleticism for a 3-4 outside linebacker. Impressive explosion off the snap; has the potential to be a dangerous edge rusher. Surprisingly strong and physical in short bursts. Does a nice job staying low and using leverage to bull rush against much bigger offensive tackles. Has worked hard to get to this point in his career. Weaknesses: Primarily lined up at defensive end in college, but lacks the size and strength to stay there in the NFL. Too aggressive; over-pursues at times; attempts to anticipate the snap count and will jump offsides. Frequently taken off the field in rushing situations; lacks the strength, especially the lower-body strength, to hold up at the point of attack. Likely will not be a three-down player at the next level. Still very raw; limited experience against top competition. Comments: Irvin is an interesting story. He did not graduate from high school, but earned his GED, walked on at a JUCO and eventually enrolled at WVU. While he lacks the ability to be an every-down player, at least early in his career, he does have the potential to make an impact as a situational pass rusher. Given his size and athleticism, he would fit best at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Videos:

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