2018 NFL Draft

A day after his Pro Day, WVU pass rusher Bruce Irvin arrested

A day after his Pro Day, WVU pass rusher Bruce Irvin arrested

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
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.

“I've gone over this a hundred-thousand times, I have a different story than a lot of these guys," Irvin told reporters in Indianapolis. "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. That January I went to school and never looked back.”

Irvin confirmed to the media at the Combine that he had twice spent time in jail before Saturday night's arrest.

The fact that Irvin's arrest comes just one day after he and the rest of the Mountaineers' draft-eligible prospects worked out for scouts at their Pro Day will likely serve as that much more of a red-flag to NFL teams.

After such a strong effort at the Combine, Irvin didn't participate in the timed drills at his Pro Day. He did, however, speak to reporters following the workout, sounding like he fully appreciated the opportunity that his unique athleticism had given him.

"I don't think there are 32 people who are better than me in this country," Irvin was quoted by Nick Arthur of thedaonline.com. "But just being drafted is a great accomplishment. Getting a shot at your dream is just a blessing."

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