Nate Irving has battle the odds to become a professional. (ESPN)

Broncos Pick Nate Irving In Third Round

 The Denver Broncos just picked up some more help on defense when they selected inside linebacker Nate Irving with the 67th pick overall in the NFL draft.

Irving comes out of NC State where he was the team captain and the ultimate inspiration after surviving a deadly car crash in 2009. He was forced to miss that season, but he still tallied 211 total tackles during his career. In 2010, he had 7 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

The 6-foot-1, 230 lb. Irving is small for his position, but he’s a physical player that has a tremendous amount of speed and quickness.

Irving never really exploded onto the scene in college because of his terrible car accident which left him with a collapsed lung, a separated shoulder, cracked ribs, and a compound fracture in his leg. It is reported that he fell asleep at the wheel.

Irving’s selection wraps up the second day of the draft.

The Broncos have five picks left – one 4th rounder, one 5th rounder, two 6th rounders, and one 7th rounder.

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  • ahughes35

    Broncos got a steal here let me tell you.
    Nate is a little small for his position but he has the heart & drive of a champion. The way he bounced back from his car accident says everything. He was better in college than another undersized LB out of NC State – Stephen Tulloch (who was something like 2nd in the NFL last year in tackles). YouTube Nate Irving and marvel at some of his big hits over the years .. I like the powerslam one against Wake Forest last year, when Nate had 8 Tackles for Loss in 1 game!

  • 74eagle

    Nate Irving 2010 accolades:
    1st Team All American (Sports Illustrated, Scout.Com)
    2nd team All American (Walter Camp)
    1st Team All ACC (Over higher-rated LB Bruce Carter, Quan Sturdivant)
    20.5 tackles for loss (Led all NCAA linebackers).

    “He never really exploded onto the field because of the accident”???…On the field he was exploding just fine. He didn’t explode in draft position rankings because he doesn’t score as well as others on a stopwatch.

    The biggest change for him before and after the injury that I could see relates more to a different scheme put in place when we added a new LB coach (Jon Tenuta) to State’s staff. In 2008 we ussually dropped the linebackers back into coverage (and Nate grabbed 4 INT’s). In 2010 we used a more attacking/ blitzing scheme and Nate attacked the line of scrimmage more often. (Hence the huge TFL number). -In both systems Nate was exceptional.

    He was the guy who could always make the big play when your defense needed it, led the team both vocally and by example,and was the nasty blow you the ef up linebacker that opposing teams hated to see. I don’t know what his pro career will be like but will be following Denver now to see how he develops.