PDA

View Full Version : Nasty Nate Irving


Arkie
04-29-2011, 06:55 PM
http://media2.newsobserver.com/smedia/2011/01/01/00/Best1_Dec_31__2010_O_NFzJTR_0031.embedded.prod_aff iliate.156.jpg
http://wwwcache.wralsportsfan.com/asset/colleges/ncsu/2010/10/16/8464787/10_16_10_05_01_52pm_JTR5329-321x432.jpg
http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/308/474/NateIrving_display_image.jpg?1279727428
PROS: Versatile linebacker who can play all the linebacker positions. Vocal leader on the field, has the just right amount of “crazy” teams love to have in a linebacker. Good speed and diagnoses plays well. Has great change of direction ability and is good in zone coverage, especially to the flats. Hard worker on and off the field, worked back from a bad car accident in 2009.

CONS: Not the greatest wrap up tackler and can be cut block on the edge. Not really know for his pass rushing ability, relies on his speed to get to the quarterback. Injury concerns, missed some of 2008 with an injury and had a bad car accident in 2009 that left him with multiple injuries and caused him to miss a full season.

Lycan
04-29-2011, 06:59 PM
Did that article say he could cover? As in TEs? Are LBs allowed to do that now? Maybe with him and Miller we might not just concede defeat to tight ends?

Arkie
04-29-2011, 07:02 PM
MOBILE, Alabama -- The green Chevy Tahoe looks like Godzilla stepped on it, and then stomped it a few more times for good measure.

Nate Irving looks at a picture of it every day.

"It was crushed," Irving said. "It looked like the top of my truck just came completely off."

The roof of the SUV is actually still intact, but it's smashed down level with the hood -- a picture that leaves one wondering how Irving, a talented North Carolina State linebacker then preparing for his junior year, made it out alive.

Irving had driven to his home near Wilmington that weekend in June 2009 knowing he'd have to be back in Raleigh for workouts on Sunday. He left home early that Sunday morning heading back to campus.

"I just thought I could make the drive back since it was only an hour," he said. "I don't remember everything. I was getting on Interstate 40, going back to Raleigh. I remember passing an 18-wheeler. And then from there, I remember seeing hospital lights going over my head ... and tubes and stuff in my body."

Sometime after 4:30 that morning, Irving fell asleep behind the wheel and his Tahoe left the roadway, hit two trees and came to rest in a ditch. Irving suffered a compound fracture in his left leg, a separated shoulder, a broken rib and a punctured lung.

He survived the accident, but his junior season was over before it began.

The 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker been an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a redshirt sophomore, making 84 tackles despite missing a third of the season with an ankle injury. He led the Wolfpack in tackles in five of the games in which he played, and also led the team in interceptions with four.

Instead of rejoining his teammates in preparation for the new season, he spent three days in a hospital, having a rod and four pins inserted in his leg. Ahead of him were several long months of rehab and questions if he'd be the same player he was before the accident.

"It was long, especially having to sit out the whole season and watch the season that we had," Irving said of the rehab. "My body just hurt, and then not being able to go out and even run the way I wanted to, I just had to build up each and every day. ... By the middle of the season, all of my injuries had healed except my leg."

But on Monday, Irving took the field at Fairhope Municipal Stadium with the rest of the South squad for the opening practice of the Under Armour Senior Bowl. A projected mid-round selection in April's NFL draft, he was North Carolina State's second-leading tackler as a senior in 2010 with 92 stops, including 21½ for loss and 7 sacks.

He never doubted he'd be back at the top of his game. <EP>"The man upstairs has something for me to do," he said. "If he didn't, I would have died in that car accident."

Irving is hoping to continue his improbable journey this week by showing NFL scouts that he's ready to take the next step, that the accident that sidelined him for a year hasn't slowed him down since.

"I want to show that I can play off blocks and my speed has not been affected by the accident," he said. "I know it's going to be a point of interest for them, but it's not holding me back. I don't feel any pain, lingering effects or anything like that."

Irving has shared his story, appearing in public service announcements to warn against drowsy driving and speaking at schools and hospitals. And while he hopes his story might save lives, he keeps the photos of his wrecked SUV close by, reminding himself how close he came to losing his own.

"It just teaches you to appreciate even the small things," Irving said. "I was in the hospital and had to learn how to walk all over again. It taught me to appreciate being able to walk and do what I want, spend time with the ones I love, and just appreciate life in general."

worm
04-29-2011, 07:03 PM
http://www.statefansnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/natesuplex.gif

Ranked as a HIGH 1st round pick by Parcells FWIW.

Boomhauer
04-29-2011, 07:04 PM
Good MLB prospect that I can't wait to see this summer. I would have rather had Mario Harvey-Marshall on physical ability, but Irving played against much better competition and would likely be ready to start sooner.

Miller - Irving - Williams

Requiem
04-29-2011, 07:06 PM
Had him late third, early fourth, but hey -- if he pans out we have a nice crew.

tsiguy96
04-29-2011, 07:06 PM
tuna said hes a first round pick. full roto writeup:

For whatever it's worth, Bill Parcells graded Irving as a first-round pick on The Tuna's ESPN special. We are pretty sure Irving would've gone higher than the third round had he not been involved in a car crash in college that resulted in a compound leg fracture and several other injuries. Irving is a highly productive player and considered an asset in coverage. He goes 6-foot-1 and 242 pounds, and in Denver most likely projects as a middle linebacker.

OBF1
04-29-2011, 07:24 PM
:thumbs: Nice pick up

BMarsh615
04-29-2011, 07:26 PM
If this guys allows DJ to play weakside it is an excellent pick. 92 tackles with 21 1/2 of them being for a loss plus 7 sacks last year is impressive.

i4jelway7
04-29-2011, 07:26 PM
http://www.chicitysports.com/2011/01/30/chicago-bears-2011-draft-needs-and-mock-drafts/

Brian Urlacher had a phenomenal season this year coming off that wrist injury that sidelined him for the entire season last year. However, Urlacher is aging and it’s going to be hard to replace him. Our best bet is to bring in a young MLB and have Urlacher coach him up as his career dwindles down. Hunter Hillenmeyer is far from a suitable replacement for Urlacher. He can make some solid tackles but lacks the tenacity it takes to be a Chicago starting linebacker.
I have went on my own personal agenda to help Bear fans become aware of Nate Irving out of NC State. This guy IS Brian Urlacher’s replacement. A lot of scouts will pass on him because of his size but if there is one player in college football that reminds me of Urlacher at LB, it’s this guy. Being able to watch several NC State games this season, this guy was in on every tackle and was a headache for opposing offenses. The upside to a player like Nate Irving, is that he would be a mid-round draft choice as well.

footstepsfrom#27
04-29-2011, 07:33 PM
Can he gain 100 pounds?

Rabb
04-29-2011, 07:34 PM
one of my good buddies is a NC State alum and he can't stop raving to me about the kid

light rail, homer, yeah yeah yeah

schaaf
04-29-2011, 07:37 PM
Gonna be my favorite pick of this draft.... I can tell!!! :)

worm
04-29-2011, 07:44 PM
Nate Irving has been waiting for this day since he was a little kid. The standout NC State linebacker is only hours away from the NFL draft, and now all he can do is wait and see when and where he will go. Wolfpack fans have idolized Irving for years now, but more than just the people in Raleigh have their eye on him now. Last season the All-ACC standout gave the nation a reason to remember his sophomore season, after sitting out the entirety of his junior campaign due to a tragic car accident. As a senior Irving led the nation's college linebackers with 21.5 tackles for loss, led NC State with 7 sacks, and accumulated 92 tackles. Since the end of the season, Nate has added 10 pounds to his athletic frame, weighing in at 242 pounds. He also ran a 4.65 40-yard dash and also posted 27 repetitions of 225-pounds on the bench press.

At NC State's Pro Day the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens came to Raleigh to watch Irving. Most of the analysts are rating Irving as an inside linebacker, and is a consensus Top-10 player at the position. Here is a breakdown of where many analysts are projecting Irving's draft position:

* Mel Kiper picks him to go mid-to-late on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7)
* NFLdraftscout.com picked him to be drafted in the 4th round (6th ILB)
* Walterfootball.com picked him to be drafted in the 5th round (7th ILB)
* NFL.com picked him to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th round (6th ILB)

In what seems to be shocking to a lot of analysts, Bill Parcells did an in depth breakdown of the draft by each position, and ranked Nate Irving as the #1 ranked inside linebacker and picked him to go in the first round. It seems like Parcells must have seen the same thing from Nate Irving that the rest of the Wolfpack Nation has believed for the past couple of years.

http://packinsider.com/2011/04/nate-irving/

mhgaffney
04-29-2011, 07:55 PM
Irving could be the steal of the draft...!?

mwill07
04-29-2011, 08:02 PM
Was Irving's pre-draft ranking a bit lower because people considered him in a 3-4 or a 4-3 OLB?

It's possible he isn't the most versatile guy, but will be just fine as a 4-3 MLB.

skunk
04-29-2011, 08:06 PM
it will be cool to see him behind the piles of dog**** we shovel into the center of our defensive line....

i hope he can run people down from behind

Doggcow
04-29-2011, 08:08 PM
http://www.statefansnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/natesuplex.gif

Ranked as a HIGH 1st round pick by Parcells FWIW.

I'm sold.

LongDongJohnson
04-29-2011, 08:21 PM
I hope he can be a leader. Thats what our defense needs. Besides Dawkins who is pretty much done, we have no leaders. We havent had a leader at LB since Al Wilson. Boy do I miss Al Wilson.

DivineLegion
04-29-2011, 08:22 PM
As an NC State fan I have to say that I am more than thrilled. He's a guy that plays with the same motor of Stephen Tulloch but plays with the tenacity of Mario Williams, to compare him to former pack players. He has always been a class act, and a dedicated football player. I love this draft so far.

oubronco
04-29-2011, 08:36 PM
http://www.statefansnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/natesuplex.gif

Ranked as a HIGH 1st round pick by Parcells FWIW.

15 yard personal foul $25,000 fine

Spider
04-29-2011, 08:41 PM
15 yard personal foul $25,000 fine

yeah but remember how our Defense was with Romo ? .....

schaaf
04-29-2011, 08:57 PM
15 yard personal foul $25,000 fine

I'm perfectly fine with that if our entire defense plays like this.

bpc
04-29-2011, 09:46 PM
He's coming off missing the 09' season so he did pretty well stat wise with around 80 tackles, 7 sacks. Had 4 INT's in 08' but I think the the accident hurt his growth in this department. I like a lot about him but I wish he would play with more of a downhill lean... he seems to slip through traffic really well along with seeing the holes but resorts to a grappling hold for tackles... sometimes that's warranted, sometimes he just needs to lay somebody the **** out.

I like him. Excited to see what Fox has planned for this defense. Wish we had some better news about the DT's.

SoCalBronco
04-29-2011, 09:50 PM
I'm encouraged by this selection. DivineLegion knows the NC State program well and if he's thrilled then that's a very good endorsement. He doesn't have to be awesome in coverage....if he's a good two down MLB, that's a very solid return. I'm also glad this frees up DJ to do what he does best...play WLB in the 4-3. I'm excited to see a Williams-Irving-Miller trio at LB.

BroncoInferno
04-29-2011, 10:03 PM
I'm encouraged by this selection. DivineLegion knows the NC State program well and if he's thrilled then that's a very good endorsement. He doesn't have to be awesome in coverage....if he's a good two down MLB, that's a very solid return. I'm also glad this frees up DJ to do what he does best...play WLB in the 4-3. I'm excited to see a Williams-Irving-Miller trio at LB.

Me, too. DT is obviously major albastross. There could be a sleeper prospect in the 4th given the depth at DT in this draft, or maybe they go FA (Mebane?). Or, maybe not to the liking of most posters, they say "hey, we can't fix everything this year; go BPA aand fix whatever is left next season."

Pony Boy
04-29-2011, 10:37 PM
He will be a special teams beast......nasty head hunter

schaaf
04-29-2011, 10:37 PM
He will be a special teams beast......nasty head hunter

you don't think he'll be able to start???

Rohirrim
04-29-2011, 10:41 PM
Me, too. DT is obviously major albastross. There could be a sleeper prospect in the 4th given the depth at DT in this draft, or maybe they go FA (Mebane?). Or, maybe not to the liking of most posters, they say "hey, we can't fix everything this year; go BPA aand fix whatever is left next season."

I don't think I've ever seen a draft with this many good quality DTs in it. I find it highly doubtful that similar options will be available next year. A bird in the hand, and all that.

Bronco Yoda
04-29-2011, 11:00 PM
So the Bears got our DT and we got their LB.

Rohirrim
04-29-2011, 11:06 PM
Irving reminds me of the quintessential Shanahan pick - Guy gets injured. Out for a season. Trying to make a comeback. Just needs somebody to give him a shot.

Chris
04-29-2011, 11:09 PM
Irving reminds me of the quintessential Shanahan pick - Guy gets injured. Out for a season. Trying to make a comeback. Just needs somebody to give him a shot.

He already made his comeback and put in a great senior season.

DivineLegion
04-29-2011, 11:18 PM
He already made his comeback and put in a great senior season.

Exactly, and that comeback has helped him become a stronger person. Every player from NC State that I have talked to over the last year, and a half raves about Nate. He was the heart and soul of that defense. He was their Al Wilson. It's not just his story that got his team mates attention either, it was his play, when they needed a pick me up or a little motivation Nate would go out and destroy someone. He could feel the motivation of his team mates, and knew how to pick them back up. Nate is truely a natural leader. Taco pointed it out in another thread, and its very true, every player we picked is instinctual. With guys like Tebow, Miller, and Irvin acting as leaders on both sides of the ball its hard not to belive in the direction of this football team. I'm not talking coaching staff I am talking players here. These are the guys we have been missing since 05'.

schaaf
04-29-2011, 11:19 PM
also wore number 56....

I can already tell he's gonna be my favorite out of this draft

Paladin
04-29-2011, 11:20 PM
http://www.statefansnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/natesuplex.gif

Ranked as a HIGH 1st round pick by Parcells FWIW.

That is a suspension. Needs to be gentle.....


I hope to h3ll he does that to Rivers and to any chorf player.......

epicSocialism4tw
04-29-2011, 11:36 PM
I hope to h3ll he does that to Rivers and to any chorf player.......

That would make him an instant legend. Imagine that being jamaal charles in the suplex.

Bronco Yoda
04-29-2011, 11:42 PM
That is a suspension. Needs to be gentle.....


I hope to h3ll he does that to Rivers and to any chorf player.......


Ok, I got a tingle in a funny place from that vid.

d bronx42
04-30-2011, 12:12 AM
In his first year as a MLB (after his car accident) his stats were just ridiculous...

92 tackles, 21.5 for loss, 7 sacks, 4 PD's. :strong:

Hulamau
04-30-2011, 12:16 AM
Can he gain 100 pounds?

70lbs will do Footsteps :)

ICON
04-30-2011, 12:20 AM
also wore number 56....

I can already tell he's gonna be my favorite out of this draft


I feel better about this pick then Miller but we'll see can't believe I missed this guy in my mock draft good job Broncos.

phibacka31
04-30-2011, 12:29 AM
Don't wanna get too jacked, but I am REALLY excited to see Nate play in the Middle. Hoping he fills the void Al left!:strong:

doof
04-30-2011, 12:40 AM
Hopefully he's better than the last Nate we had playing the middle.

SouthStndJunkie
04-30-2011, 01:02 AM
tuna said hes a first round pick. full roto writeup:

Bill Parcell's Draft Board

http://www.hogshaven.com/2011/4/27/2137203/bill-parcells-draft-board

BowlenBall
04-30-2011, 01:35 AM
Hmmm... Everyone's going gaga over Parcell's ranking of Irving.... How about his ranking of Orlando Franklin?

OT:
1st: Solder, Smith, Castonzo
2nd: Sherrod, Reid
3rd: Cannon, Carimi, Ijalana

OG:
1st: None
2nd: Watkins, Wisniewski
3rd: Carpenter, Rackley
4th: Boling, Moffitt

footstepsfrom#27
04-30-2011, 02:04 AM
Hmmm... Everyone's going gaga over Parcell's ranking of Irving.... How about his ranking of Orlando Franklin?

OT:
1st: Solder, Smith, Castonzo
2nd: Sherrod, Reid
3rd: Cannon, Carimi, Ijalana

OG:
1st: None
2nd: Watkins, Wisniewski
3rd: Carpenter, Rackley
4th: Boling, Moffitt
Whoops...

This is my favorite time of the draft, when the faithful concoct strategies to console themselves like some chagrinned urchin on Christmas morning who eagerly prys open his long awaited gift with eyes wide open and shining with delight and fingers trembling only to find it contains underwear instead of a Playstation 3. :welcome:

schaaf
04-30-2011, 02:14 AM
Hmmm... Everyone's going gaga over Parcell's ranking of Irving.... How about his ranking of Orlando Franklin?

OT:
1st: Solder, Smith, Castonzo
2nd: Sherrod, Reid
3rd: Cannon, Carimi, Ijalana

OG:
1st: None
2nd: Watkins, Wisniewski
3rd: Carpenter, Rackley
4th: Boling, Moffitt

If you search enough you're going to find people that disagree on prospects... Is this some surprise to you??? Come on expat don't be an idiot this is the NFL draft not every one will have the same opinion

BowlenBall
04-30-2011, 02:19 AM
If you search enough you're going to find people that disagree on prospects... Is this some surprise to you??? Come on expat don't be an idiot this is the NFL draft not every one will have the same opinion

Don't be an idiot?

Logically, if you are excited about Parcell's evaluation of Irving, then QED you should dislike the Franklin pick. If you like the Franklin pick, then QED you discount Parcell's evaluation of Irving. Can't have it both ways.

Does that make ME an idiot?

Spider
04-30-2011, 02:22 AM
Don't be an idiot?

Logically, if you are excited about Parcell's evaluation of Irving, then QED you should dislike the Franklin pick. If you like the Franklin pick, then QED you discount Parcell's evaluation of Irving. Can't have it both ways.

Does that make ME an idiot?

well if the shoe fits .........Parcells was more of a D guy then an O guy ......Kind like taking Bill walsh opinion on a D player as to an O player

schaaf
04-30-2011, 02:28 AM
Yes don't be an idiot you're showing absolutely no rational thinking for being a pretty level headed guy. Are scouts wrong occasionally? Yes... I Like the Franklin pick because we need right tackle help and he must have obviously been the top player on the board (higher than DT's)

If you only take one persons point of view on a player you will get nowhere in player evaluation... Does Parcells have him high? No. Most mocks have him going mid second round. Does that mean that Parcells is automatically wrong? No. But it could mean that he has something that other scouts are seeing and Parcells is not.

schaaf
04-30-2011, 02:29 AM
well if the shoe fits .........Parcells was more of a D guy then an O guy ......Kind like taking Bill walsh opinion on a D player as to an O player

For another example... Shanny's opinion on an offensive player compared to defensive

Spider
04-30-2011, 02:32 AM
For another example... Shanny's opinion on an offensive player compared to defensive

true ;D

Requiem
04-30-2011, 02:41 AM
And let's not dog on Irving because of "injuries."

He survived a car crash. Always a healthy guy on the field. GO IRVING.

Doggcow
04-30-2011, 04:44 AM
And let's not dog on Irving because of "injuries."

He survived a car crash. Always a healthy guy on the field. GO IRVING.

Brandon Marshall was always healthy on the field too (for the most part). But I'd consider him an injur(shanking)y concern.
Btw I love Nasty Nate, and the pick. This is purely an opportunistic shot at Marshall.

BlaK-Argentina
04-30-2011, 04:45 AM
His highlights against Clemson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYUk4VHIwGY

The guy looks like a PLAYER.

toad
04-30-2011, 05:24 AM
Living in NC and being very familiar with Irving, I can say I LOVE this pick.

Irving is a player, a leader, and as one of the analysts noted has a certain degree of "crazy" on the field too.

Make not mistake, Nasty Nate is a bad man.

(Note: His nickname at NC State was indeed "The Predator").

Smilin Assassin
04-30-2011, 05:52 AM
Can he gain 100 pounds?


If he gained 100 pounds he'd be projected as a Defensive Tac......oh.... you..... you....I see what you did there....

boppool
04-30-2011, 09:40 AM
His highlights against Clemson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYUk4VHIwGY

The guy looks like a PLAYER.

Too bad he hasn't been the same player since the accident, but then again, he wouldn't have been available in 3rd, I guess. Hopefullly, he can regain his old form.

tsiguy96
04-30-2011, 09:41 AM
greg cosell called this a very good pick, based on actual tape.

Cito Pelon
04-30-2011, 10:04 AM
If the BBT likes Irving that's fine with me. Of course, I say that every draft day.

I'm curious why he was projected as a 3rd-4th rounder. Because of the plate in his leg? Fox said about Irving, "you'll find guys all over the NFL with plates or screws".

As others have said above, an LB corps of Miller-Irving-DJ could be very good.

~Crash~
04-30-2011, 10:13 AM
If Nasty Nate Irving takes #56 I want 56crash again..

and boom..


Williams - Irving -Miller

you got it ass backwards

maher_tyler
04-30-2011, 10:30 AM
What's the status on DT's in FA??

TheReverend
04-30-2011, 10:48 AM
http://www.statefansnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/natesuplex.gif

Ranked as a HIGH 1st round pick by Parcells FWIW.

Jesus ****ing christ...

cousinal11
04-30-2011, 11:15 AM
Being a Heels fan I hate everything out of Raleigh but this guy can play.

Dedhed
04-30-2011, 11:18 AM
This is my favorite pick of the draft. Getting DJ out of the middle was priority #1 for my off-season.

Cito Pelon
04-30-2011, 11:36 AM
This is my favorite pick of the draft. Getting DJ out of the middle was priority #1 for my off-season.

I can see that. DJ has to get some more INT's if he wants to have a decent legacy. At WLB he'll have that opportunity to roam a little bit provided he reads the play correctly.

tsiguy96
04-30-2011, 11:37 AM
my brother works at NCSU, said this guy was on every highlight show after NCSU games. true star of the team, will be a great pick. im really excited to see this guy play, my 2nd favorite pick after miller.

schaaf
04-30-2011, 11:39 AM
if you only take what dip****s like Todd McShay and Mel Kiper will tell you, you probably won't like this pick... But if you actually watch this kid play, he is around the ball on every single play and has some amazing instincts and brings some nastiness to our defense... I love this kid

*WARHORSE*
04-30-2011, 11:54 AM
Last time we had a good defense our three LBers were studs.

In addressing the front seven, we have Doom back, Ayers in a DE new role, Miller, DJ and Irvin..........Two new Safeties......Champ resigned.........


I would say we are addressing the defense fellas.


And we will be bringin DTs back here to play as well, so no frets!!


Just bring on The Cript Keeper and the silver and turd in game one!!!!


Justin Campbell is going to QUIT after these guys get done pasting him to the floor.

Retire #30!!!
04-30-2011, 01:05 PM
I bet we resign Bannan for a cheaper contract, bring in another mid level FA. And Marcus Thomas should be back as well because 2011 is shaping up to be run under 2010 rules.

With doom back and the new lbs and one of the two safeties, that should be a much improved unit.

I think their personalities make for good chemistry, miller seems serious and emotional, Irving seems crazy leader type, dj can be the smooth goofy one. But please how about some ints from the lb core

McDman
04-30-2011, 01:43 PM
With DJ at WILL and Von at SAM, hopefully this guy can step it up at MIKE and actually give us an above average LBer corp. for once.