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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: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:45 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

I'm not sure why people are calling him a "Mamula" because he is running a 40 so well. He's not going in the 1st round but he may improve his stock (and rightfully so) with this sort of speed.

Btw, he had 14.5 TFL, 8.0 sacks, 40 tackles and 3 FFs last year in 13 games. Those are pretty solid stats and his best games were against LSU, LOU, CINCI, PIT and CLEM.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:17 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

So he is a Combine freak, that's wonderful.  There's at least one or two every year.  This is the NFL draft not the US Olympic Trials.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:28 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

Tick Tock, Tick much longer before an SEC HOMER gets on here and says he is about a full second slow to play in the SEC!!Tongue out

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:08 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 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

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:40 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 in 40

A lot of prognosticators have potentially placed this kid with Green Bay as they need another pass-rusher on top of Matthews BADLY. This reported 40 time actually kind of hurts (Green Bay) because he may now become out of reach with their points in the draft!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:29 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 in 40

Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!! I truly believe Bruce will be a very good pro!! need the right team and situation but he def has the instincts, ability, and attitude. Go 'Eers!

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:38 pm

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 in 40

If he ends up falling into the later rounds of the draft, I'd put money on GM Jerry Reese of the Giants taking a long look at him. They definitely have a history of love for speed pass rushers AND taking a chance on athletic ability/potential with little football experience (eg Jason Pierre-Paul, only 2 yrs @ South Florida). Lovin the way BRUUUUUUUUUUCE is representing WVU! Go 'Eers and G-MEN!!!

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:58 am

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 in 40

That's that WVU speed on display right there!! Very happy for this kid, he has overcame a ton and looks like he will be able to ca$h in for his efforts now.

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:51 am

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 in 40

I knew this guy would play in the NFL the first time I saw him play at Mountaineer Field. How can a team not use a guy on the line with that kind of least in pass rush situations???
Good Luck, Bruce!!!

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:49 am

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.43 in 40

football is basically a game of speed. when size is also there, you have at the very least a regular starter. if the guy doesnt get better it is the coaching. a lot of people talk abount instints (which is good) but being able to run down the guy whan the play breaks,down, it is speed. it is like in basketball, you ant teach 7 ft. this is the type of guy the chiefs find some reason to pass on. they will draft some slow plodding tye they think has character or is a good teammate. they will get some slow plodding guy that turns out to be less than average.hunt and pioli deserve each other. 

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