If there's one thing Bruce Irvin can do, it's get to the quarterback (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
This week's Big East Confab question over at Big East Coast Bias was which Big East draft pick would have the most success in the NFL.
I went with a somewhat unpopular pick - first-round pick Bruce Irvin.My take over at BECB was:
This probably isn't the popular pick, but I'll take Bruce Irvin (West Virginia). Most of the criticism being lobbed his way is because he was taken too high. But he's incredibly disruptive on defense and when you think about it, that's what NFL defenses are all about. There's always room for a guy that can get 8-10 sacks a year and with 22.5 over the last two seasons he could be that type of player. He's not in on a lot of tackles, which, as a linebacker, isn't something you want to hear. But even if he becomes only a pass-rushing specialist, he can play a long time if he's able to get to the quarterback.
Really, for me, it just comes down to the fact that I wasn't all that impressed with the Big East players taken. Irvin is a playmaker and while he has a lot to learn at the next level (and while he was taken too high), I think he's got a future as a pass-rushing specialist.
Head over to the Big East Coast Bias for everyone else's thoughts.