#95 David Irving
David Irving was born in Compton, California on August 18, 1993. He played his collegiate football at Iowa State University. He is a defensive lineman in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.
David Irving attended San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto, California. He excelled on both the football field and in the classroom, but you may not have known that he also became an ordained youth minister at the age of 17.
He had good role models in the L.A. church he attended growing up, and that led him to the decision to become an ordained youth minister.
“We were doing plays and dances, and after a while I had the urge to put together some sermons,” said David, 17. “Every youth Sunday I was preaching. I was moved by the spirit and reaching out.”
David Irving probably wasn’t well known as being an ordained youth minister growing up, but he was known for the impact he made on the football field.
As a junior for the San Jacinto Tigers, Irving blocked four kicks and had six quarterback sacks.
David Irving’s senior year, he recorded 76 tackles, one interception he returned 73 yards for a touchdown, 15 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries (1 he returned for a TD) as a defensive tackle for the Tigers. He also played tight end his senior year and caught 19 passes for 298 yards and scored four touchdowns.
David Irving accepted a football scholarship to Iowa State University upon the completion of his high school career.
David Irving played in nine games as a defensive end in 2011 for the Iowa State Cyclones. He recorded five tackles and two pass breakups his freshman year.
In 2012, David Irving played in all 13 games and ended the year with 20 tackles, three for a loss, and one quarterback sack. He made one the biggest plays of the season against TCU when he blocked and then caught a pass attempt. He ended up returning the interception 20 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory.
In 2013, David Irving moved to defensive tackle and played in 10 games, starting eight of those contests. He tallied 19 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, two QB sacks, four pass breakups, and two blocked kicks. He blocked two consecutive PAT attempts, versus Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Irving missed his entire senior season in 2014 after being dismissed from the team following an incident at the VEISHEA Festival.
David Irving finished with 44 tackles, three QB sacks, eight pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and 7.5 tackles for a loss in his career at Iowa State University.
2015 NFL Draft
David Irving went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.
David Irving started his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Chiefs waived Irving on September 5 and signed him to their practice squad.
On September 29, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys signed Irving off of the Chiefs practice squad to replace the recently released Davon Coleman.
In his first season with the Cowboys, David Irving was used as a backup defensive tackle and finished the year with 14 quarterback pressures, good enough for sixth on the team. He also blocked a field goal in the seventh game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately, he ended the year on injured reserve after he suffered a fractured left wrist against the Buffalo Bills in week 15.
There are big expectations for David Irving entering his second year with the Dallas Cowboys.
David Irving signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2015 worth $1,585,000. He also received a $10,000 signing bonus.
He will have a base salary of $525,000 for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and his cap hit will be $525,000 as well.
If David Irving continues to progress, I’m sure the Dallas Cowboys would like to extend his contract after the 2016 season.
Should Gregory’s Potential Reinstatement Alter Cowboys Draft Plan?
A lot has happened with the Dallas Cowboys roster in a short period of time leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Just four days away now, the Cowboys are still adjusting to life without Dez Bryant, and may be preparing to welcome back Randy Gregory this season.
After months of speculation about the Cowboys' exiled pass rusher turning his life around for the better, the end result may be Gregory triumphantly returning to the field and filling a considerable position of need in Dallas.
Through Gregory's numerous absences from the Cowboys, the team has searched for temporary fixes at his right defensive end spot until drafting Taco Charlton in the first round last year. In his rookie season, Charlton looked much better at left end behind DeMarcus Lawrence than he ever did rushing against left tackles.
ALERT: Sources offer me very positive reports on #Cowboys DE @RandyGregory_4 coming bid for NFL reinstatement, as @BobbyBeltTX also notes. Randy Gregory has a chance to be a terrific story.
Randy Gregory can beat left tackles with speed and bend, but also has more career suspensions than he does sacks. Finding another defensive end with these traits in the draft could put the Cowboys defensive line over the top, but doing so with this year's class could cost them a pick better spent elsewhere.
Of course, this will be the case if Gregory does complete a comeback that the Cowboys have been understandably quiet about until recently. Stephen Jones has said the plan for Gregory is to apply for reinstatement following the draft.
The Cowboys "smart" approach of rebuilding their front four on defense as if Gregory would never see the field again has yielded them plenty of success - at all but the spot Gregory would line up at. DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Maliek Collins, and Taco Charlton should all inspire hope for this unit in 2018.
This is more than we were ever able to say about forgotten defenders like Benson Mayowa, who remains a free agent RDE.
The same can be said about prospects like Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport. At this point though, it feels like a priority draft pick spent at DE is a sudden sign of nervousness about Randy Gregory's return by the Cowboys.
This team has plenty of depth to deploy Rod Marinelli's patented "waves" of pass rushers, finally entering a season with an elite talent at DE too. The opportunity to have DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory attack opposing quarterbacks from opposite sides is a reality the Cowboys are prepared to work towards.
They should do so looking elsewhere early in the draft, coming back to defensive end if a developmental player they like falls.
Cowboys Quarterback is playing Moneyball
Money talks, and no one talks louder than the Dallas Cowboys. It’s hard to find a more affordable Pro Bowl player than Dak Prescott. A former fourth-round pick from Mississippi State, Prescott is only scheduled to make around $680,000 in 2018. It’s only his third year, but it may be his most important when it comes to his future with the Cowboys.
When a team drafts its franchise quarterback, they usually only get about two seasons to prove they’re "the guy."
Every year, teams draft someone, usually in the first round, with hopes that he'll be their sought after franchise quarterback. However, by being drafted so high, there’s little margin for error afforded to them.
In Dak Prescott’s case, being drafted outside the first round, he wasn’t expected to contribute near as much in his first two seasons as he has. A day-one starter for the then injured Tony Romo gave him his opportunity and he has made the most of it.
In two seasons, Dak Prescott has a 22-10 record, made the playoffs and Pro Bowl, completed 65.2% of his passes and has added a new dimension in the Cowboys offense thanks to his mobility in and out of the pocket. However, I wouldn’t be the first to tell you that his year two wasn’t as good as his year one was. Prescott lost four more games, completed fewer passes and more interceptions in year two.
To be fair, some of his issues attributed to the injury of Tyron Smith, Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and many of his receivers dropping more passes than we’ve previously seen. These issues will have to be cleaned up not only for the team, but for Dak Prescott’s future.
According to Spotrac.com, Dak Prescott’s market value today is around $25 million a year, which would make him among the most paid players in the league. In comparison, Kirk Cousins will be paid the most in the league at $28 million this year, while Aaron Rodgers will make $22 million.
So, the Cowboys quarterback's market value is among the best in the league.
Cowboys fans everywhere are rooting for him to succeed but year three will be crucial. If he can improve on his play from a year ago and keep winning games, he would likely see his extension happen sometime around his fourth season.
People have already seen Prescott at his highs and lows. Going into 2018 with a new receiving core, the return of Ezekiel Elliott and a new left guard will get rid of any excuses.
If Dak Prescott really is who he believes he is, and who fans know he can be, then the Cowboys have their quarterback. If not, then the search will continue.
Prescott should be plenty motivated to be the Cowboys quarterback for the present and the future. Also, he should be motivated by how much money he could get it.
It is a game, but it’s still a business. And C.R.E.A.M.
Teams that Could Ruin the Cowboys’ Draft Night
The 2018 NFL Draft is about to take place next Thursday inside Jerry Jones' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Months and months of tremendous hard work are about to culminate into new football players for every NFL team. Once Roger Goodell announces the Cleveland Browns are on the clock, the strategies front offices have been working on will be put to the test.
But part of what makes this event such an special one for die-hard NFL fans are the unexpected turns that can occur from one pick to another. These may come in different forms. Sometimes a surprising trade happens or sometimes a prospect is drafted way earlier than people expected him to.
There are, however, picks and trades that hurt fans. Take last year, for example. Many in Cowboys Nation were ready for UCLA's DE Takkarist McKinley to fall to the 28th pick until Seahawks ended up trading their 26th pick to the Atlanta Falcons, who jumped over the Cowboys to land their guy, ultimately sending Taco Charlton to Dallas.
Things like that happen year after year in the NFL Draft. This is the offseason's Super Bowl! Crazy stuff can happen. Things not always go according to plan. Today, we'll discuss the teams that could ruin the Cowboys' draft night.
Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens
The Cowboys could be looking for a first-round wide receiver at 19, including Alabama's Calvin Ridley. Now, as we mentioned before, nothing is certain in the NFL Draft. Despite Ridley's talent and ability to get open, some question whether he'll fall all the way to 19.
The thing is, there are a couple of teams who could very well be targeting Ridley before the Cowboys turn.
The Arizona Cardinals, picking at 15, may be looking to find a new wide receiver to rely on now that Larry Fitzgerald's career is getting closer and closer to its end. They also could target a quarterback there, but WR is a very strong possibility. Sam Bradford will need weapons if he's to be the team's starting quarterback.
As for the Ravens, even after adding Michael Crabtree, they should be trying to get Joe Flacco all the help they can. The Ravens may be the team that will most likely end up drafting Calvin Ridley come Draft Day.
DJ Moore could also be the receiver in question and could go earlier than expected to any of these teams, ruining the Cowboys' search for a WR in the first round.
Los Angeles Chargers
Sitting at 17 is a football team with similar needs to those of America's Team. Despite counting with premium pass rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, the Chargers could 100% use an upgrade in their interior defensive line.
Vita Vea is expected to go early in the Draft but he could fall just because of the fact that he's a 1-technique DT and positional value tends to make players slide in this process. Da'Ron Payne from Alabama could also be a player the Chargers target here if Vea is gone.
The Cowboys should be interested in upgrading their DT position as well, and could see the Chargers take their guy just two picks ahead of them.
Los Angeles will look for a top-tier safety if they find one worthy of a first-round pick. Derwin James is one hell of a football player, but some consider he doesn't have a true home in the secondary. If James slides, Dallas should consider moving up to get him and the Chargers may be the reason why.
The Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks may be the team that hurt the Cowboys cause the most this coming week. Sitting at the 18th spot, one pick before Dallas', Seattle will most likely be entertaining trade down talks. Without a pick in the second or the third round of the Draft, they should be desperately looking for ammunition.
This offseason, the team parted ways with many key players on their roster, including veteran CB Richard Sherman. For a team that's entering some sort of rebuilding situation, draft picks will be something they crave.
Any team looking to jump over Dallas sitting at 19 will be making telephones ring in Seattle.
The NFL Draft is always a fun topic for discussion and potential scenarios talk. Sadly, it's about to come to an end. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to get you fresh Cowboys content throughout the offseason.
For now, it's still Draft season.
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