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Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:24 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 3:20 pm
Irvin ran a 4.43 in his second attempt at the 40 on Monday. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

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 an unofficial 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. His official time was clocked at 4.50.

Irvin ranks No. 13 among outside linebackers in the 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’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?”

The fact he was listed at 245 pounds and nearly ran a sub-4.4 makes Irvin’s performance Monday even more impressive and very well could move him up on teams' draft boards.

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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:51 am

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

I am an explayer for West Virginia and have watched a lot of their games this year, and Irvine has been pretty darn consistent! Sure he didn't have the year he had last season, but he was double teamed almost on every down that he was in on! Teams had to plan for him. He is not the typical defensive end but his speed may allow him to become that stand up rusher like a Clay Matthews! A great pick in the mid to late rounds! Someone you can bring in in passing situations to give a rush and has the potential to be a starter at the linebacker possition!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:26 am

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

The Saints don't pick until late in Round 2... This guy would look great in Black and Gold, but no way he lasts that long.  Saints need a pass rusher!

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:36 am

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

This kid sounds pretty amazing. I really like what they are doing at WVU football. That was one of LSU's toughest games. I think they will do really well next year.

Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:14 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:42 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

I love football as much as anybody and more than most, but I have to say, with all sincerity, that the two most over-blown trends in sports these days revolve around "signing day" and the "combines."  One strokes the egos of high school kids, the other strokes the egos of college kids.  Shame on the media for creating these monsters.  A guy's time in the 40 is NOT news.  Period.  Ever. 

But at least it's not the NBA All-star Game!  I change my mind:  next report?  Chin-ups!

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:41 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

Any...and I mean ANY...high school wide receiver who chooses any...and I mean ANY other college other than WVU is making a huge mistake in his future.  HUGE mistake.  I know this has nothing to do with the combine.  I'm just saying that if a WR has a real concern for his future, he chooses WVU.  

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:26 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

Running fast is all good and good , remember willie gault of the Bears nobody could keep up with him , but he couldn't catch to save his life. Lol
Willie Gault couldn't catch??? WTF you talking about?  He managed to catch fraud charges from the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) just last year!!

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:10 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

This may make the difference between being drafted in the 3rd or 4th round instead of waiting for an invite to a camp.  Bruce Irvin will play at the next level, Mountaineer nation knows it and now the rest of you will too. 

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:08 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

How often is an outside LB really required to catch the ball?  Did y' watch Bruce at all this season?

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

I'm not sure why people are calling him a "Mamula"

I didn't see anyone calling him Mamula, at least not on this board.

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