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IDP Barometer: Irving Catches Fire

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Arvydas Sabonis.

RISING

David Irving, DE, DAL


What Irving did against the Buccaneers on Sunday was frankly surreal to witness I honestly can't recall watching live a defender dominating as thoroughly in an NFL game as he did in the second half of that game. Irving's remarkable combination of length and raw athleticism proved devastating for Tampa, as he almost single-handedly shut down their comeback attempt. Pro Football Focus credited Irving with four hurries in addition to two sacks on just 38 snaps, yet the film implied even more dominance than those exceptional numbers. The Cowboys are all but compelled to move Irving into a full-time role, because this isn't the first time he's shown rare disruptiveness this year he totaled four tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles and a pass deflection on just 19 snaps against Green Bay in Week 6. At around 6-foot-8, 270 pounds, Irving's 38-inch vertical and 128-inch broad jump illustrate an incredible combination of size and ex

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