CB Irons Upbeat After Senior Bowl Performance

Former Tiger David Irons tells Inside the Auburn Tigers about his week in Mobile showing his skills for the pro scouts.

Mobile, Ala.--David Irons hopes what he considers a successful week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile will improve his stock for the NFL draft in April.

A point of interest for the Auburn cornerback was to show the NFL scouts in attendance that his knee is fine after suffering a torn ACL and missing the 2004 season.

"I think I proved a lot," says Irons. "I showed them that I'm 100 percent healthy and there's no more problem with my knee. I had surgery and that's in the past. Right now I'm just going to keep on improving and prove to the scouts that I'm one of the best."

Despite having injury setbacks early in his college days, Irons had a successful career, which ended with an invitation to the nation's premier pre-draft event.

"This is a blessing after going through all I've been through and having the opportunity to play with all these great athletes at the Senior Bowl," he says. "It's just an honor to be out there."

The Auburn defensive back volunteered to make the trip to spend time with hospitalized children as part of the Senior Bowl week activities. Irons stayed after the allotted time for the visit to spend more time with the kids.

Irons says he enjoyed his week in Mobile and ate well. "I think Mobile is a nice city," he says. "It's my first time down here. I think it was pretty cool the way they treated us. The food down here is unbelievable. I'm a seafood type guy and they had a lot of seafood. The guys coming down here next year will have a blast."

Scouts in Mobile praised the work of Irons and some commented that the cornerback tends to throttle down too much when changing direction and has a tendency to hand-check players downfield. Irons takes it all in stride and says that everyone has their own opinions. "Everything can be taught differently," he says. "I was playing a lot of off-man so it's kind of hard because coming out of the break we have to slow up.

"This was my first time playing off-man so when I get used to it there won't be any problem. As far as my hands down field, the wide receivers are physical now days. And you can fix that, but I'm going let you know that if you smack my hand I'm going to smack your hand back. It's always going to be a physical game. I'm going to let them know that I'm here to play and you better be ready to play with me."

A major contributor to Auburn's 11-win season, Irons talked with a variety of NFL teams during the Senior Bowl. "There were like 20 teams that I interviewed with, but that doesn't mean it's a draft pick," he says. "It doesn't matter if everybody talks good about me or everybody talks bad about me. Whoever picks me up is going to get one heck of a player.

"As the week went on I felt like I was one of the standout cornerbacks here," Irons adds. "I didn't think there was anyone here on my, level but at the same time I have to keep on proving it and proving it."

Irons plans to go back to Atlanta and resume training. "I have to go to Miami for the ESPN Challenge and after that go back to Atlanta to get ready for the NFL Combine in February."


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