Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:Don't see us having any chance at Floyd unless we want to give up an arm and a leg to trade up, but Bruce Irvin is a possibility.
Irvin, really? Even with his checkered past?
His talent, production and freakish physical ability are all things that add up to a successful player in the NFL. The past is a serious concern without question. Quit in high school, but did go back and get the GED. Worked hard and did well in college, but then got that arrest right after the Pro Day.
I still doubt he falls past the third. As a prospect, I see him comparing to Justin Houston as a prospect, who last year was another freakishly athletic (although a bit bigger) 3-4 OLB prospect who had substance abuse issues, which surfaced in college and I believe he failed a drug test at the combine.
We seem to put higher value on the talent and if the character issues aren't deemed to be serious enough, they apparently are overlooked. Any team OK with the risk that has him in their top 150 or however many on their board will easily snatch him up wherever they feel his value matches up, which should be somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I think by bringing in Irvin for a visit, it appears we may be willing to spend a pick on the guy despite the issues.
His ability on the football field and CAPABILITY to work hard is the last thing anyone would have to worry about. The thing teams might question though is will he be able to stay out of trouble? Can't use your talents if you're sitting out games suspended and/or in jail. Then of course, to a slightly lesser extent, will those academic issue translate into a lack of commitment at any point?
Teams will need to do their homework.