Scoop: Lion In Wait? Team Likes Georgia DT

The Detroit Lions continue to scout for mid-to-late round talent, where many teams find gems and "project" players that can make a difference in the long-term. The team has its eye on one defensive tackle that could join the club on day two.

The Lions continue to scout for mid-to-late round talent, where many teams find gems and "project" players that can make a difference in the long-term.

One athlete that they will consider will be Georgia defensive tackle Corvey Irvin.

The 6'4, 286-pound Bulldog visited with Detroit in the past month, and should be on the team's radar between rounds four and six.

According to Scout.com's Ed Thompson, the 23-year old can't wait to get started on his NFL career.


Defensive tackle Corvey Irvin would make a solid addition to Detroit's defensive lien, which will require assistance via this month's NFL draft.
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"I'm very hungry, and I'm ready for my chance. It's been a long time coming," he said.

Irvin ranks as Scout.com's 14th best defensive tackle in this month's draft. A junior college transfer, Irvin was relatively unknown until an injury forced him into the Georgia line-up in 2008. He made the most of his opportunity, tallying three sacks in his final campaign, and polishing up that effort with strong performances during the Senior Bowl and NFL combine.

He has gone from undrafted prospect to what many consider a diamond-in-the-rough.

During his Pro day, Irvin ran a 4.99 and 5.01 in the 40, posted a 25-inch vertical jump, along with an impressive 4.66 short shuttle.

Although most view him as somewhat of a project, it's Irvin's quickness and size that have placed him on the radar of several teams.

What also makes Irvin intriguing to the Lions is his versatility. With the size to play defensive tackle, he has the speed and athleticism to line up as a pass rusher. But his experience has been in a 4-3 defense, the same scheme that will be utilized in Detroit.


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