Bucky Irving
Bucky Irving  RB  Oregon | NFL Draft 2024 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Bucky Irving
Height
5-9
Weight
192
College
Oregon
Position
RB
Class
Junior
Home town
Chicago, IL
84.2/100
Player Rating
5
PositionRank (RB)
4.55
FortyYD Time
Rush YDs
1180
Rush AVG
6.3
Rush TDs
11
Receptions
56
Rec YDs
413

Bucky Irving RB Oregon | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Bucky Irving RB Oregon
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: DUAL-ROLE Back
Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.55 seconds (54%*)
Age: 21.7 DOB: 08/19/2002
Measurables:
Height: 5-9 (19%*) Weight: 192 (6%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (64%*) Arm: 29 1/2 (18%*) Span: 69 3/8 (1%*)
Forty: 4.55 (C) (54%*) Ten Yard: 1.54 (C) (79%*)
Vertical: 29.5 (C) (5%*) Broad: 115 (C) (28%*)
Bench: 15 (P) (17%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: DUAL-ROLE Back
Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.55 seconds (54%*)
Age: 21.7 DOB: 08/19/2002
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 5-9 (19%*) Weight: 192 (6%*)
Hands: 9 1/2 (64%*) Arm: 29 1/2 (18%*)
Span: 69 3/8 (1%*)
Forty: 4.55 (C) (54%*)
10 Yard: 1.54 (C) (79%*)
Vertical: 29.5 (C) (5%*) Broad: 115 (C) (28%*)
Bench: 15 (P) (17%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 84.2 / 100
Average rating of opposition Defense player has faced
Defense Rating:
78%
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Rushing:
91%
Break Tackles:
85%
Receiving/Hands:
73%
Pass Blocking:
34%
Run Blocking:
66%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 3rd
Overall Rank: #90 Position rank: #5
College Games: 37 College Snaps: 1164
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 79/100
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 92 Stars 247 RATING: 92/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.7 (93%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Jerrion Ealy - Mississippi
74%
Tyjae Spears - Tulane
67%
Kyren Williams - Notre Dame
63%
Draft Profile: Bio
Bucky 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 excellent 5.3 yards per carry, with 4 TDs, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made just 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 outstanding 6.4 ypc, with 3 TDs, with no fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in 29 receptions for 298 yards.

In 2023 as a junior Irving saw action in 13 games for the Ducks. He ran for an outstanding 1075 yards on 172 attempts for an outstanding 6.3 ypc, with 10 TDs, with one fumble. As a receiver he made 52 receptions for 377 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Irving's playmaking ability is marked by his hyper-efficiency and potential to turn any play into a touchdown.
  • Exhibits elite speed for his position, contributing to his explosiveness on the field.
  • Accelerates quickly and maintains speed, given his size - making him a challenge for defenders to take down
  • Demonstrates competitiveness and determination, and fights for extra yards.
  • Keen vision in identifying optimal running lanes, paired with the agility to reach them.
  • Decisive in his play, often resulting in significant gains when taking risks.
  • Well-suited for outside zone and gap schemes due to his quick edge-reaching speed.
  • Effective in the receiving game, capable of running routes from the backfield or the slot. Soft hands
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Concerns over his lighter frame's ability to handle increased bulk without losing speed
  • All too often bails out of his lanes - needs to stay more disciplined
  • Struggles to decelerate after gaining speed. Struggles to quickly change direction.
  • Receiving skills, while strong, are primarily limited to short passes and screens.
  • Poor pass blocker, whether this is due to inexperience or something more innate is undetermined
Scouting Report: Summary
Bucky Irving's exceptional ability to elude tackles and slip through defenses sets him apart. Irving's lower center of gravity not only provides excellent pad leverage but also allows him to absorb and shrug off tackles while keeping his momentum. This combination of agility and balance is rare and makes him a unique prospect.

Irving's prowess extends to his receiving skills, proving to be more than just a traditional back. His utilization in Oregon's passing game highlights his versatility, displaying soft hands and usually good route-running. However, his pass protection and performance in short-yardage situations present serious areas for improvement.

While Irving's initial burst is impressive, there are concerns about his long-speed endurance, as seen in instances where he's been caught from behind in open-field situations. Nevertheless, his vision, creativity, and ability to find hidden yardage are undeniable strengths. Irving may not fit the mold of a high-volume, every-down back due to his size, but with a well-designed role within a dynamic backfield, he could offer substantial value to an NFL team looking for a versatile and inventive running back.

Bucky Irving percentiles vs other Running Backs (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Bucky Irving (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
84.4
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
8.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.