With the 92nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft (Round 3) the Carolina Panthers selected Corvey Irvin, DT from the University of Georgia. At 6’3” 302 lbs, Irvin has the size to plug up the Panthers middle and cause chaos along the line of scrimmage. Irvin is projected to be a reserve behind starting DTs Damione Lewis and Maake Kemoeatu.
Irvin was born May 3rd, 1985 and raised in Augusta Ga. Irvin played football for Laney H.S. As a senior, Corvey had some big games, but wasn’t quite dominant enough to get the national recognition needed to get offers from major Div. 1 schools. His best scholarship offers came from schools such as South Carolina State and Fort Valley State. Irvin turned down the offers and decided to enroll into Georgia Military College.
Corvey played two seasons with GMC, and played well enough to place No. 32 on Rivals.com top 100 List of junior college transfers. That was enough to land a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia, an offer he did pass up.
Irvin played sparingly his first season with Georgia in 2007. He appeared in 12 games and recorded 12 tackles, with 7 recorded QB hurries.
Corvey had a great offseason in 2008 leading up to his senior season, but once again began the season on the outside looking in. It was at this point that Georgia’s best defensive lineman Jeff Owens was lost for the season early in the year. Corvey responded to the challenge with a great senior season filling in as the starter at DT. He was named defensive captain. In 2008, Irvin started 11 games, recording 34 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and 24 QB hurries.
Corvey graduated in Dec. '08 with a degree in Child and Family Development. He accepted an invitation to the 2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl, where he dramatically improved his NFL stock. At the NFL Combine, Irvin ran a 4.99-40 yd.dash and had 24 reps with the 225lb. bench press.
Irvin has an incredible upside with great potential in the NFL. His character and personality are traits that allow him to stand out in the crowd, and probably improved his draft stock as well.
It’s still unknown whether Irvin will become a star at the next level however Panther fans should have a lot of fun watching Corvey develop not only as a player, but as a teammate and a member of the Carolina Panther family.