2015 NFL DRAFT

Bruce Irvin, OLB

School: West Virginia  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 245 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 1/15 - Bruce Irvin, DE, 6-3, 248, West Virginia...League observers believe Seattle reached by taking Irvin here, but the Seahawks say they've got the best pass rusher in the draft. QUOTE TO NOTE: "The Lord knew it was all B.S., and he took care of it." -- Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin, addressing the latest incident he had in March back in Morgantown, West Virginia for disorderly conduct. Irvin said he recently got the charges dropped. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - For a second straight year the Seattle Seahawks shocked the league by drafting a player most NFL observers projected as a second-round pick. After trading back in the first round, sending the No. 12 overall pick to Philadelphia for the Eagles' No. 15 pick, along with picks in the fourth (114 overall) and sixth round (172), Seattle selected speedy pass rusher West Virginia's Bruce Irvin. Last year, Seattle selected Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter with the team's No. 25 overall pick, even though several draft analysts had him rated as a second-round prospect. In need of pass-rush help after finishing tied for 19th in total sacks last year with 33, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll believes he secured the best pass rusher in this year's draft. At 6-3, 245 pounds, Irvin finished with 22.5 sacks in 26 games at West Virginia, including 14 in 2010. Irvin was an All-Big East Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches as a senior. Carroll said he recruited Irvin out of Mt. San Antonio Junior College while at USC and developed a relationship with the 22 year old from Atlanta, Ga. "He's a fantastic football player," Carroll said. "He's a great pass rusher. The speed that he brings is so unique and so rare. When he had his opportunities to show it in college, he came out as the best pass rusher in America. That's something that we're really excited about. "The fact that I've known him for so long and have background with the kid - I know what he's been through as John (Schneider) mentioned - I feel like we've got a guy that we had interest in from a lot of areas. This guy's going to be a great asset to the program." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Seattle considered trading back again at No. 15, but teams like the N.Y. Jets, Chicago and New England likely had Irvin in their sights in the second half of the draft, and the Seahawks could have lost their player if they moved back too far. "We were extremely excited," Seattle general manager John Schneider said. "We didn't want to get too cute with it. Obviously we viewed him as the best pass rusher in the draft. ... There was a certain area we thought we could get to. And then we talked about going back again, but then we decided to just go ahead and lock it down. "We had this guy rated as one of the top players in the draft." Carroll compared Irvin to Denver's Von Miller in terms of his get-off and ability to rush the passer. But he understands that Irvin is not a finished product, and will have to learn the different aspects of playing pass coverage. Irvin will backup defensive end Chris Clemons, and will line up opposite Clemons on third down, similar to how Seattle used Raheem Brock last year. Carroll said he plans on using Irvin the same way he used Clay Matthews at USC, as mostly a rusher who drops at times into coverage. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 15. Seattle Seahawks (draft-day trade with Philadelphia): DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia -- A lightning-quick but undersized defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid, Irvin had off-field problems in Morgantown but is a pressure-package player who can make the most difference on third downs. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - One of the reasons Irvin was considered a second-round prospect was his troubled past. Irvin said he dabbled in drugs and crime as a teenager. Irvin's mother kicked him out of the house during that time and he dropped out of school. He only played three games at wide receiver his sophomore year, and was ineligible the next two years at Stockbridge High in Atlanta. But Irvin eventually turned his life around, earned his GED and made his way to Mt. San Antonio Junior College, where he developed into one of the best pass college pass rushing prospects. "I went through a lot of stuff in my life," Irvin said. "I've seen a lot of stuff, man. If the average person went through what I went through, they would not be on this phone with you right now. "I could have chosen right, but I chose to go left. And when I chose to go left, I told God that I wasn't going back to what was trying to suck me in. I just surrounded myself with a lot of positive people." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - TEN SURPRISES FROM ROUND ONE: 4. Seattle Seahawks take Bruce Irvin at No. 15: The Seahawks pulled one of the real stunners of the draft with the No. 15 overall pick by selecting West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin. While Irvin was a chic pick to sneak into the end of the first round, it had been assumed that it would be a 3-4 club that selected him, utilizing him at outside linebacker. The pick could pay off for Seattle as the team needed a pure pass rusher and Pete Carroll, having recruited Irvin heavily while at USC, obviously felt comfortable with Irvin's troubled upbringing. Considering that I had Irvin rated as the No. 48 prospect on my Big Board, I see this as a reach -- but not as big as the Seattle's NFL West opponent San Francisco made later in the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 48. Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia: The NFL is a sucker for proven pass rushers and, frankly, so am I. There are plenty of red-flags with Irvin, not the least of which is his rough upbringing and the fact that at this point he provides little other than his ability to harass quarterbacks. Other than quarterbacks, however, there isn't a position more valued in today's NFL than pass-rushers and Irvin - due to his explosive burst and lateral agility - just might be the most gifted of this year's class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - As we move closer to the draft, with various pro days now all but complete, and official visits taking place, more rumors fly back and forth. Some have merit, others don't. Two prospects to keep an eye on? Defensive end Bruce Irvin and cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Yesterday, Dan Pompei, in his "Sunday Blitz" column for the National Football Post, mentioned West Virginia defensive end Irvin had an official visit lined up with the Pats. Of course, visits can be smokescreens, but with Bruce as a noted pass rush specialist, it's hard not to take notice. Now, Irvin supposedly has some character concerns. He was a high school drop out, and had a recent arrest for destruction of property and disorderly conduct. When you dig a little deeper, you find the kid has had a tough life, and has mostly risen above the challenges. It's something for teams to weigh, because the scouting report on him as an edge rusher is intriguing. He ran the fastest 3-cone drill at the combine (6.70) and also ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. While he had a dip in production this past season with 8.5 sacks, he got people's attention in 2010 with 14 sacks. - Karen Guregian, The Boston Herald

03/27/2012 - Several general managers and personnel directors were still working to ascertain the seriousness of the "destruction of property" charges brought against West Virginia defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin last week. Irvin essentially was charged for breaking a sign at a sandwich shop. While most personnel people noted that they did not consider the charges a trivial matter, they cited the fact Irvin has overcome such a tumultuous background and been so open about his struggles, that they feel he has earned a chance to explain the situation. Toward that end, Irvin will be contacted by several teams to explain his side of the story. Irvin, who had 22.5 sacks his last two seasons for the Mountaineers, is regarded as a solid 3-4 end "rush" linebacker prospect, with some teams rating him as high as the second round. Irvin was particularly forthcoming about his background, which included him dropping out of high school and eventually earning a GED, and was one of the players most often mentioned after the combine as having had tremendous interview sessions. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/24/2012 - Lovie Smith made the trek to West Virginia last week to take a look at Bruce Irvin and get to know the defensive end a little bit better. The Chicago Bears aren't done doing their homework on Irvin after watching him in his pro day. An NFL source told the Tribune Irvin will make a pre-draft visit to Halas Hall on April 16. Irvin had 22 ?? sacks in two seasons with the Moutaineers. The 6-2 ??, 245-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds to turn heads at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. But Irvin said he played between 225 and 230 pounds in school and he would need to bulk up to be even a situational pass rusher for the Bears. Starting defensive end Israel Idonije was re-signed to a one-year deal but the Bears are still seeking a candidate to be a third end and they are also in need of a boost for the pass rush. With much of the focus in free agency on the offense and special teams, general manager Phil Emery is expected to focus on defense in the draft. The Bears will likely have questions for Irvin about off-field issues. After the pro day last week, he was arrested for allegedly damaging a sign outside a Jimmy John's sandwich shop. A high school drop-out, Irvin also has other off-field incidents in his past. "I've gone over this a hundred-thousand times, I have a different story than a lot of these guys," Irvin said at the combine. "Grew up in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta, dropped out of high school in 11th grade and got in some trouble, ran with the wrong crowd. Finally saw the light, got my GED, took the test and passed all five parts on the first time. - Brad Biggs, The Chicago Tribune

03/19/2012 - When West Virginia pass rusher Bruce Irvin tested through the roof a month ago at the 2012 Scouting Combine, NFL scouts knew that the athleticism that had stood out on tape had been confirmed. Unfortunately, with his actions Saturday night, Irvin might have also confirmed that the fears scouts had about his troubled upbringing. Irvin was arrested Saturday night for destruction of property and disorderly conduct after allegedly breaking a sign at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Morgantown, according to a report from WVMetroNews.com. The 6-3, 245 pound Irvin recorded a 4.50 second time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. He also finished among the Combine's most explosive defensive linemen in the broad jump (123"), short shuttle (4.03) and three-cone drill (6.70), drawing the interest of scouts from 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. Irvin established himself as one of the nation's premier pass rushers by recording 14 sacks in 2010 despite being a poor schematic fit as a down defensive lineman in WVU's unique 3-3-5 scheme. Irvin recorded another 8.5 sacks as a senior despite the fact that he was often substituted for in 2011. Irvin is currently rated as a possible second round pick by NFLDraftScout.com and as our No. 9 outside linebacker. Explosive off the snap and possessing an impressive array of pass rush moves, Irvin is considered by some to be the most talented pass rusher of the 2012 draft. Character concerns, however, could limit his stock on draft day. Irvin's troubled youth has been well documented. He answered questions posed by the media at the Combine about his upbringing. No doubt he answered many more (and more difficult) questions posed from teams during his time in Indianapolis, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/2012 - When a defensive end/outside linebacker who's 6-foot-3 and weighs 245 pounds runs an unofficial time of 4.5 in the 40, it's an impressive feat. When he, in his second attempt, runs a 4.43, the result is rather mind-blowing. That's what former West Virginia standout Bruce Irvin accomplished Monday morning at the scouting combine, easily earning the fastest 40 time among defensive linemen and sending plaudits across Twitter when his times were announced. Irvin ranks No. 13 among outside linebackers in the NFLDraftScout.com rankings, and he has a fascinating story. He didn't play high school football because of academic problems -- in fact, he earned a GED instead of a high school diploma -- and after a stint in junior college, he emerged as a force as a junior at West Virginia, compiling 14 sacks. "I have a different story than a lot of these guys," Irvin said this week. "I grew up in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta, dropped out of high school in 11th grade and got in some trouble. I ran with the wrong crowd. I finally saw the light and got my GED, took the test and passed all five parts on the first time. That January I went to school and never looked back." But he played less his senior year at West Virginia, coming off the bench in the second half of the season, and his draft stock dropped. Coming into the combine, he was projected as a situational pass rusher, probably as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. The problem there is that he played with his hand in the dirt in college, so there might be an adjustment for him. But his performance in the 40 isn't a surprise to CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman, who wrote the following in his analysis of who could put on the best combine performances: "A pass-rushing specialist Irvin plays super fast. According to some of his teammates, he also times that way too. They swear he can run a sub-4.4 at 235 pounds. The question is how much heavier will he been in Indy and has he retained that speed?" - Josh Katzowitz, CBS Sports

02/25/2012 - Off-field concerns aren't the only questions NFL teams have on the West Virginia pass rusher. Irvin, who had a playing weight of "about 225-230" last year, played with his hand on the ground as a defensive end in the Mountaineers' three-man front, a position usually filled by 270-plus pound players. After producing 14 sacks as a junior, Irvin began the 2011 season as a starter, but that quickly changed. "I started my senior year, maybe four to five games and it just wasn't working out," said Irvin. "I noticed coming off my junior year, less was more for me. Playing 6, 7, 8 snaps and me getting two sacks or more was really productive for me. And not getting injured and coming out of the game with a bunch of bruises. I think I benefited from playing less." Irvin is projected to be a situational pass rusher in the NFL, most likely as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. It will be a learning curve for him because he "never" stood up in college, but has been working on that aspect of his game the past few weeks in Orlando. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/25/2012 - Besides the on-field and agility drills, one of the most important aspects for prospects is the interview process, especially for players with questionable backgrounds. West Virginia's Bruce Irvin, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 13 rated Outside Linebacker, is one of those prospects in Indianapolis this week, trying to prove to NFL teams that his struggles are in the past. "I have a different story than a lot of these guys," Irvin said. "I grew up in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta, dropped out of high school in 11th grade and got in some trouble. I ran with the wrong crowd. I finally saw the light and got my GED, took the test and passed all five parts on the first time. That January I went to school and never looked back." Although Irvin refuted rumors that he was ever in a gang, he did acknowledge he spent "about three weeks" in jail for two charges. NFL scouts and decision-makers appreciate Irvin's willingness to be upfront with his past troubles and he understands it's just part of the process. "They've heard the stories, read the articles," said Irvin, referring to NFL teams. "They're questioning me, which I don't blame. They kind of want to hear it from the horses mouth, the whole situation on how it happened." - NFLDraftScout.com

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: Bruce Irvin, WVU, OLB-DE: A pass-rushing specialist Irvin plays super fast. According to some of his teammates, he also times that way too. They swear he can run a sub-4.4 at 235 pounds. The question is how much heavier will he been in Indy and has he retained that speed? - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Bruce Irvin, West Virginia, Sr., has been selected All-BIG EAST Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as chosen by the league's eight head coaches. - West Virginia football

09/04/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Marshall at WVU, Sept. 4 This is an instate rivalry that will be played out on national television on Sunday. A year ago the two teams played one of the college season's most exciting games, WVU coming back from 15 down in the final nine minutes on the arm of QB Geno Smith to win in overtime. The game marks the debut of Dana Holgorsen as Mountaineer head coach. It is matches WVU against former long-time assistant Doc Holliday, who had Marshall closing strongly last year a shaky start. Marshall has lost all 10 meetings with WVU and the series ends this year with no plans to play in the future. KEYS TO THE GAME: There are a number of things to watch on the West Virginia side. While the passing game should be awesome and control the flow, WVU's running attack is questionable as the offensive line is looking to improve and there is no proven running back. Defensively, WVU is unproven in the middle with new starting nose tackle Jorge Wright and middle linebacker Najee Goode. Expect Marshall to attack there, while also seeing if they can't get away with running at pass rushing specialist DE Bruce Irvin, no longer a third-down specialist. WVU's punting game is suspect but don't be surprised if Tavon Austin takes a punt or kickoff back as he is expected to be one of the game's most dangerous return men. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2011 - On the defensive side the news has not really been good, although defensive end Bruce Irvin is being touted as a potential Defensive Player of the Year after recording a conference-leading 14 sacks as a third-down specialist last year. There is uncertainty where you can't have it in a defense and that is up the middle there is not established nose guard to replace Chris Neild nor is there an established middle linebacker, an area that was weakened further when one candidate for the starting job was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Still, defense has been the strong suit at WVU under coordinator Jeff Casteel and they expect that to continue. "When I got here, I realized it was the defense that has won so many games over the past few years," Holgorsen said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for our defensive coordinator, Jeff Casteel. We lost seven starters, on defense, but we have a very good nucleus coming back. Jeff and his staff do a great job, and they always put a very good product on the field." - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Bruce Irvin, West Virginia, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. - The Ted Hendricks Award

08/02/2011 - West Virginia has been picked to win the Big East, with Pittsburgh and South Florida also receiving first place-votes in the conference's preseason media poll. The Mountaineers have won or shared the Big East title five times in eight years and received 21 of the 24 first-place votes and 188 points. West Virginia will be led by first-year coach Dana Holgorsen. Pitt also has a new coach in Todd Graham. The Panthers received two first-place votes and USF received one. Syracuse is picked to finish fourth and Cincinnati fifth. Defending Big East champion Connecticut is picked to finish sixth, with Louisville and Rutgers rounding out the selections. - AP Sports

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Malik Jackson, DE/DT, Tennessee, (2nd Team All-SEC, led Vols with 11 TFLs and 5 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bruce Irvin, DE, W. Virginia, (2nd Team All-Big East, 2nd in nation with 14 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bruce Irvin, West Virginia, DE, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. - Football Writers Association of America

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bruce Irvin, West Virginia, DE, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/11/2011 - SPRING MOVERS: Senior DE Bruce Irvin - The most dynamic pass rusher in the Big East, the coaching staff really had their first chance to coach Irvin, who came in last year from junior college just for fall camp. He managed 14 sacks as a third-down specialist showing tremendous quickness on the edge, but this year they are hoping to play him more than just on third downs and he took big strides in getting there. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 1/15 - Bruce Irvin, DE, 6-3, 248, West Virginia...League observers believe Seattle reached by taking Irvin here, but the Seahawks say they've got the best pass rusher in the draft. QUOTE TO NOTE: "The Lord knew it was all B.S., and he took care of it." -- Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin, addressing the latest incident he had in March back in Morgantown, West Virginia for disorderly conduct. Irvin said he recently got the charges dropped. - The Sports Xchange

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