Patriots Draft Prospect: CB David Irons

The New England Patriots have been busy looking at players from around the country, including the SEC. On one of those stops they scouted a running back, but decided to look at his brother as well. Irons talked about his pending vists and teams showing interest in him.

Auburn cornerback David Irons, played on the same college team as his brother Kenny.'s Ed Thompson spoke recently with David enjoying both the repartee and quick wit of the young defender.

Thompson told that Irons had him cracking up while he was trying to conduct the pre-draft interview. "His mind moves very quickly. And his rapid-fire delivery of those thoughts leaves you deliriously exhausted as he slips one-liners in faster than you can slip on a banana peel," Thompson said.

During a recent phone conversation, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback told Thompson that he has visits set up with the Buccaneers and the Falcons. He will be in Atlanta on April 10th and 11th. Confirming an earlier report on, Irons told Thompson that he's already worked out for the New England Patriots.

David Irons at the Combine in Indianapolis (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

During his Pro Day, the Jaguars and the Panthers got a good look at him as they ran the cornerback position drills. And at the Combine, he had formal interviews with the Bengals, Titans, Colts and Rams.

After starting out at a community college, Irons headed to Auburn, but had to have ACL surgery in 2004 before he got to play his first regular season snap. Determined more than ever, he claimed his starting role the next season and led the team in breaking up passes (11), finishing third in that category in the SEC.

In his 25 games at Auburn, all of them as a starter, Irons made 90 tackles (59 solo), 6 tackles for a loss, forced a fumble, intercepted two passes and broke up 23 passes.

Although he's not considered one of the elite corners available in the Draft, Irons would add depth to a position of need for the Patriots. For a team that is willing to sign free agents off the street or have a 34-year old receiver step in as an extra defender, Irons could be an upgrade. Projected as a possible first day pick, the Patriots may be able to grab him later on in the Draft.

You can learn more about him at his Player Profile page at subscribers can enjoy a video clip of David Irons' side-splitting press conference from the Combine in Indianapolis as he roasts his brother, Auburn RB Kenny Irons. And watch for our exclusive interview with David that will be published this week at!

Ed Thompson contributed to this report. Thompson is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and writer for

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