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Jets Draft Spotlight: Bruce Irvin

By Alan Schechter

December 1, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers defensive end Bruce Irvin (11) during the second half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the South Florida Bulls 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Courtesy of the Jake Steinberg player interest list on, we take a first look at a player that the Jets are taking some serious interest in. This young man is explosively quick, and could make a huge impact as a pass rusher, which the Jets sorely need. They are flying him in for a private workout, spolight on DE/OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia.

For a full scouting report, take a look at our report at our friends at


Listed at 6’3 245 pounds, 33 3/8″ arms, 9 5/8″ hands

4.50 40 yard dash, 23 bench press reps, 33.5″ vert, 123″ broad jump, 6.70 3 cone drill, 4.03 20 yard shuttle

He followed up a 14 sack performance in 2010 with 8.5 sacks in his senior year.

Pros: Bruce Irvin is incredibly fast coming off the edge.  At 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, he could beat some receivers.  He is a guy with some serious moves as a pass rusher, and at times has shown to be unblockable.

Cons: The biggest con against this guy is his size.  At only 245 pounds, he is too small to play DE in the NFL, and still a bit small to play OLB as well.  He will definitely need to put on weight in order to be effective at the next level.  His other major flaw is experience.  He spent a portion of his early life in a juvenile detention center, started out in junior college, before he finally went to West Virginia, so he hasn’t played a lot of big time games.

Take a look at the video, and you be the judge:

From that video, you can tell he can get to the passer. There is no doubt, he is super fast. He needs to get bigger, but if he can, he can make a big difference in this league, and might make a nice addition to the Green and White.