It’s not every year that the Wofford Pro Day draws a significant crowd of NFL personnel. However, the 2011 Wofford Pro Day saw personnel from 12 different teams in attendance. Among those in attendance were Jaguars Defensive Coordinator, Mel Tucker, and Jaguars Player Personnel Director, Terry McDonough.
The player they were all there to see was Wofford’s safety, Tommy Irvin. The Jaguars may look at the 6’0, 209 pound safety to help patch up a secondary that needs work.
Irvin will likely go undrafted, although considering the interest that teams have shown, it’s possible he could sneak into the tail end of the draft. He could offer the Jaguars a backup to Courtney Greene at strong safety and also potentially offer another special teams contributor.
During Irvin’s senior season at Wofford, he led the Terriers defense in tackles. Josh Buchanan of JBScouting attended the Wofford Pro Day and described Irvin’s performance at the workout:
Irvin looked great physically with a lean, ripped physique and comes off as very smart and hard working…He looked tight and had a bad drop but coverage is his weakness as Irvin is considered a box type safety. He likely won’t get drafted but should make a roster as a box safety who will contribute on special teams.
Unfortunately for Irvin, he ran two 40 yard dashes timed at around 4.71 and 4.76 unofficially when he was projected to run 4.60 or faster. That extra tenth or two tenths of a second faster could be the difference between being drafted and going undrafted for Irvin. With the lockout currently underway, undrafted free agency wouldn’t be available to teams, making those final draft selections very valuable.
Irvin will have another chance to improve upon his times as he is scheduled to participate in the Coastal Carolina Pro Day and possibly the Furman Pro Day as well, according to Buchanan.