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Assessing Bucky Irving’s performance at the 2024 NFL Combine

The Oregon Ducks’ performances at the 2024 NFL Combine continued on Saturday afternoon with running backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers hitting the field to go through drills and testing in front of NFL coaches and scouts.

Bucky Irving was the first of three Ducks to go on Saturday, and for the most part, he performed pretty well.

While to the average fan, Irving’s 40-yard dash numbers are going to look slow, straight-line speed is not what makes Irving such a dynamic runner. Rather, it is his quickness and elusiveness that is going to help him at the next level.

In the end, Irving received a solid combine score, with the tag of “good backup with the potential to turn into a starter,” according to NFL.com.

Here is a look at the final numbers from the NFL combine for Irving.

Measureables

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Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 192 pounds

Hand Size: 9 1/2″

Arm Length: 29 1/2″

40-Yard Dash

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Official Time: 4.56 seconds

Rank at Position: 14th of 21 Players

The 40-time wasn’t too impressive for Irving, but as mentioned in the intro, it is not straight-line speed that turns heads for Bucky Irving, but rather his ability to be shifty and agile in traffic, and keep contact balance throughout a run.

Louisville RB Isaac Guerendo led all RBs with a 4.33.

10-yard Split

Official Time: 1.54 seconds

Rank at Position: 8th of 21 Players

While his overall 40-time may not have been great, it was the quick burst and get-off time that looked quite a bit better for Irving, showing his ability to accelerate from the start.

Monmouth RB Jaden Shirden led all RBs with a 10-yard split of 1.51 seconds.

Vertical Jump

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Official Measurement: 29.5 inches

Rank at Position: 21st of 21 Players

Well, the vertical didn’t go well for Iriving, as he was last in the field with a jump of 29.5 inches. This will be something that he needs to improve at Oregon’s Pro Day in a couple of weeks.

Louisville RB Isaac Guerendo led all RBs with a vertical of 41.50″.

Broad Jump

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Official Measurement: 9 feet, 7 inches

Rank at Position: 19th of 20 Players

Another unimpressive mark for Irving, who could stand to improve both jumping numbers at the Pro Day in Eugene this month.

Tennessee RB Jaylen Wright led all RBs with a broad jump of 11’2″.

NFL Combine Grade

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NFL Combine Grade: 6.17 (out of 8.0)

According to NFL.com, Irving has traits to be an above-average backup in the NFL, with a chance to rise to the level of starter.  Some of his strengths were listed as follows:

  • Built low to the ground with bendy lowers and a powerful base.

  • Decisive downhill charges create a head of steam for what is to come.

  • Possesses elusive features including spin move and lateral jump cut.

  • Good run-through power to break tackles and extend the carry.

  • Only one fumble over 486 carries during his career.

  • Average hands but makes an impression on the stat sheet as a pass catcher.

Here are some of the weaknesses that are listed for Irving:

  • Doesn’t have ideal size to take on the heavy collisions he sees each game.

  • Gets into too much of a hurry and rushes ahead of blocking development.

  • Feet fly outside his frame during change of direction, limiting cut fluidity.

  • Below-average press and finesse getting into his run-lane choice.

  • Needs to improve his protection technique to deal with NFL blitzers.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire