Irvin is the epitome of a self-made player. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at the JUCO level before transferring to Georgia and working his way into the starting lineup. He was eventually voted the defensive captain by his teammates.
In his first full season as a starter in 2008, Irvin posted 34 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.
SDBoltReport.com goes beyond the numbers via this interview with Irvin.
DL Corvey Irvin
When I first came in, no one really knew me. I had to make myself a household name. I dedicated my junior and senior years at Georgia to be the best I could be and to go all out. I dedicated my spring leading up to my senior year and devoted myself and worked hard to doing it. It paid off by being voted defensive captain of the whole team. I was captain most of the games during the year and at the end of the year the team voted me defensive captain.
What is your greatest strength?
I rush the passer really well. With some coaching and when I hit the weight room a little more, I'm going to transfer to the NFL and I'm going to do great.
What makes you such a strong pass rusher?
It's all about quickness and hands and hips and getting off the ball before the offensive lineman can touch you. If you can get past them, it's going to be a long night for them. That's one thing I can do more than other guys -- I can rush the passer. I can play the run, also, and I take pride in that.
Is there anyone in the NFL you model your game after?
Not really; maybe some of the old guys. Reggie White, Chuck Smith, Chris Doleman and those guys. But it's a new generation and I want to make a name for myself, you know what I mean? I want to be so great that 10 years later, another guy at [the Combine] is saying my name. He wants to be like me; his game wants to elevate like mine. So there's nobody I look up to or want to resemble my game after.
Can you play in a 3-4 defense?
In the three-technique, I can play the nose, the end, whatever you want me to play. Just tell me how you do this and I'll do it. It really doesn't matter what position I play.
What about your personality will help your draft stock?
I'm a very humble, caring guy. I like to smile a lot. I work hard and I have a great motor. My work ethic is great. If you work hard every day, that will carry over onto the field and it will get you a long way.