Draft Profile: BioBucky Irving from Hillcrest High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Irving joined Minnesota.
In 2021 as a freshman Irving saw action in 11 games for the Golden Gophers as he ran for 696 yards on 132 attempts for an impressive 5.3 yards per carry, with 4 TDs, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made only 9 receptions for 76 yards.
After the season Irving transferred to Oregon where as a sophomore in 2022 he played in 12 games. and rushed for 915 yards on 144 carries for an elite 6.4 ypc, with 3 TDs, with no fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in 29 receptions for 298 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Irving might be able to contribute as a runner with some consistency if used on outside zone runs, but Irving is more likely a complementary back who, if used properly
- He’s patient in the backfield, willing to wait out his blocking and not panicking, and he consistently spots cutback lanes and takes advantage.
- He’s at his best working in space, showing the quickness and vision of a return specialist. His stop-start ability allows him to create initial separation.
- He is a natural playmaker, at his best with the ball in his hands.
- Irving has very good vision and a knack for picking out cut-back lanes and then breaking offchunks of yardage.
- He’s outstanding as a receiver, with good hands and the coordination to snatch away from his body and fluidly transition to a runner.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- He’s not physically imposing. Irving is small-framed and won’t be able to carry much more weight.
- He’ll be coming to the NFL from a wide-open spread offense in which Irving ran a limited route tree.
- Irving has constantly ran a limited route tree.
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