Q. What's 6'3, 245 lbs, eats Tajh Boyd for lunch, and just ran a blistering 4.43 second forty yard dash at the NFL combine?
A. That would be WVU defensive end Bruce Irvin, of course.
Don't believe me? Fast-forward to the 1:08 mark of this video for confirmation.
Irvin, who was projected as one of the top ten athletic freaks of the combine, took his WOW factor to a whole new level this morning. He dropped jaws during defensive line workouts by clocking in just behind Baylor's Robert Griffin III's 4.41 and just ahead of Oregon's LaMichael James' 4.45. Suffice to say, NFL.com's own bloggers were quite impressed.
We knew Irvin was good and would likely get drafted fairly high despite a moderately disappointing season where he didn't develop into the type of every-down player we hoped he'd be. But really? A 4.43 at 6'3, 245? With those measurables (Irvin also benched a respectable but not freakish 23 reps of 225 lbs), Bruuuuce could probably score a negative 3.14159 on the Wonderlic and still be able to pay cash for a small island nation with the signing bonus he's about to get as a high first round pick.
As WVU alumni haven't exactly dominated the NFL in recent years, Irvin's performance could be a major boon to the Mountaineers' recruiting efforts going forward. Stay tuned to The Smoking Musket for more updates.