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Despite two impressive seasons at West Virginia, Irvin’s stock was largely discredited at the beginning of the draft process. But after an extraordinary combine performance, Irvin has established himself as one of the most dynamic pass-rushers in the draft.
Irvin is blessed with an ability to rush the quarterback. He had 22.5 sacks in college over the past two seasons. His blistering pace and impressive array of block-shedding moves would make him a consistent sack threat.
The knock on Irvin, however, is that he has rarely been deployed in coverage, and when he has been, he has been largely lackluster. As a result, most teams will be hesitant on pulling the trigger on a player who will not be able to play all three downs.
If you’re Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, though, you would love to add an extra dimension to a defense that was exceptional down the stretch last season.
Alternate Options: Jonathan Massaquoi (DE/OLB, Troy); Nick Toon (WR, Wisconsin); Markelle Martin (S, Oklahoma State).