Drew Boylhart 3/09
Corvey Irvin DT Georgia
Corvey is one of the better DT's in this draft. He can play in both a 1-gap or 2-gap defensive system. He understands his role and does a good job using his hands and moving his legs to gain leverage and push the pocket. Corvey plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He also looks to be a good teammate and understands the whole context of team play. Corvey is a very smart player and a hard worker. He will become a core player for the team that drafts him.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Corvey will need to get bigger and stronger; when he does, he should start to impact. He also has to learn the tricks of the trade to gain more pass rush moves, but this will all come in time.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 2
This kid should be ready to go as far as pushing the pocket and playing against the run. He understands his purpose and looks to be easy to coach. Corvey is ready for the big time because his college team plays a pure 4-3 defense most of the time. Don't be fooled -- this kid has played on passing downs in a 3-4 and does very well. He is a disrupter and is the type of kid that comes hard on every play. If the offensive lineman across from Corvey makes the mistake of taking a down off, Corvey will make them pay big time. This kid smells out the big play and attacks it with the precision of a bird dog flushing pheasants from the tall grass on a hunt. I suspect that because Cory is not a flashy 1-gap attack pass rushing DT that he will not be drafted until much later in the draft than my talent score suggests. However, no matter in which round your favorite team drafts him; count yourself lucky -- DT's like Corey are hard to find. I'll call him Corvey (Bird Dog) Irvin because of his ability to flush a QB from the pocket!