#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.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Needs: Safety
To many onlookers, the safety position is considered the biggest need right now for the Dallas Cowboys. It is arguably their most talked-about spot headed into the 2019 NFL Draft, expected to be addressed with one of the team's highest picks.
After sending their first-round pick to Oakland for WR Amari Cooper, the Cowboys are limited in their current draft capital. Their need at safety and tight end is comparable, and I personally believe higher at TE than any other roster position.
I put tight end above safety because at every spot on the two depth charts, I think safety has a slight advantage in terms of current talent:
- Young Prospect: Xavier Woods > Blake Jarwin
- Veteran: George Iloka > Jason Witten
- Depth: Heath/Frazier > Schultz/Gathers
That Iloka/Witten comparison might stun you, but remember that this is 2019 and Witten just spent a year doing commentary. I'm not talking about Jason's Hall of Fame career, but just what he brings to the table this season.
But you see my point; safety seems stronger across the board. Woods looks like a long-term starter and Iloka, a newly-added free agent, could have 2-3 years of solid veteran play left in him.
So yes, I think TE is a greater need. But that doesn't mean Dallas won't use their second round pick on a safety.
The decision at the 58th pick will come down to a variety of factors. Even if Dallas agrees with me that TE is their biggest need, will the right guy be available? Or will the depth at the position be great enough that the Cowboys decide they can afford to wait until the third round for a TE, and prefer to go ahead and grab their safety earlier?
One name we've seen liked to Dallas several times in draft prep is UVA's Juan Thornhill. He converted from cornerback to safety last year, which means he has the man-on-man coverage skills that the Cowboys love for the position.
That kind of player being available at their second-round pick will push the Cowboys hard to take safety. He might even be able to come in and compete for a starting job right away.
In fact, we could see a trade-up this year. With two fourth-round picks this year and their fifth, Dallas could try to work their way higher into the second to land someone they really like. Thornhill is just the kind of talent they might be willing to do that for.
Of course, there are plenty of other safety options the Cowboys might like better. And if they have their eye on someone who could fall into the middle rounds, such as Alabama's Deionte Thompson or Boston College's Will Harris, perhaps they wait a short time and address TE, DT, or RB with their early picks.
But I don't see Dallas waiting on a safety this year. For all I know, they just might see it as their top need. At the least, it's probably in their top 2-3.
Given that, I expect to see one drafted on Day 2.
Draft Likelihood: 100%
Projected Round: 2nd-3rd
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NFC East QB Picture Could Look Very Different After the Draft
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Draft Day. One of the most wild days in the NFL calendar that surprises us year after year. Fake storylines and rumors fill our social media feeds, surprising trades ruin every Mock Draft available, and things that we believe to be true change at the last second. Of course, one of the most intriguing things to watch during the Draft is the search from a handful of teams for a franchise quarterback.
While the Dallas Cowboys are worried about paying their guy, a couple of teams in their division are concerned about getting a quarterback for the future. The New York Giants should be ready to prepare for life after Eli Manning and the Washington Redskins need to find an exciting young player if they don't want to depend on Case Keenum and/or Colt McCoy.
This year's QB class doesn't look as good as last year's, but there are a few intriguing prospects worth considering. Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) is expected to go to Arizona at the first pick but he isn't the only QB expected to be drafted in the first round. Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), Drew Lock (Missouri) and Daniel Jones (Duke) have all made appearances in many first round mock drafts.
So what could the Redskins and Giants do to change how the four starting quarterbacks of the division look like?
New York Giants
Holding the sixth overall pick in today's NFL Draft, the Giants look like the perfect candidate to draft a quarterback. Last year, they had a similar opportunity sitting at number two but decided to go for the surefire prospect in RB Saquon Barkley. A year later, fans and analysts still question whether that was the right call or not. They took a top-tier player but didn't address the most important position in football. The bottom line is Barkley killed it in his first year in the NFL and even won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
This year though, it could be time for them to stop passing on quarterbacks and take advantage of their position in the Draft. The name that's been the most linked to the Giants is Dwayne Haskins. Matt Miller from Bleacher Report has even said the Giants have done more work on him than any other team out there. A big surprise in the mock draft universe came a few days ago when Daniel Jeremiah mocked Daniel Jones at #6 to the Giants instead of Haskins.
The Giants could not have an easy task ahead of them if they do want Haskins. The Oakland Raiders at #4 are a threat to draft a QB along with many other teams that could be willing to trade up for the Ohio Sate product. Don't be surprised if the Giants need to move up to secure their guy.
The question remains: Does Giants GM Dave Gettleman want to be aggressive and draft a signal-caller even with Eli Manning still playing? Some say he will, some say he won't. We'll have to wait and see.
The Redskins are far more intriguing than the Giants. First of all, they hold the 15th pick. If they want to draft a first round quarterback, chances are they'll be forced to trade up. Although every year we think quarterbacks won't go early, there's a reason why most are taken by teams that traded up to get in position.
Just talked to a Redskins source who told me Dan Snyder has "taken over the first round of the draft." The last time that happened the Redskins traded two future No. 1's and a No. 2 to move up for Robert Griffin.
If the Raiders end up pulling a big-time trade during the Draft to get into the Top 5, we know what position they'll be looking at. Whether it's Haskins at the top of the round or Lock or Jones a bit later, make no mistake about it. The Redskins could be searching for a QB. Keenum isn't the answer and neither is McCoy. With Alex Smith's playing career being in question, looking for a quarterback only makes sense.
Then there's Josh Rosen. Assuming the Cardinals do what has been expected all along and take Murray, Rosen is going to get traded. Both the Giants and the Redskins could be among the potential destinations for the 2018 first-round pick.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys are the favorites to be the contenders within the NFC East division. However, we can't ignore the fact that the Redskins were doing pretty well prior to Alex Smith's injury in 2018. The Giants didn't do well, but they've gone a long way in improving their offensive line and count with a great running back in Saquon. Both teams could look very different with a change at QB.
If they do end up drafting a rookie QB or going after Josh Rosen, the NFC East QB picture could become one of the most intriguing and promising ones in the entire NFL. Then we'd be talking about one of the most competitive divisions in the league.
The Cowboys Don’t Pick In Tonight’s 1st Round, And They’re Fine With That
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway tonight. On ABC primetime this year, the draft is as popular and flashy as it ever has been. Thousands will watch the commissioner read names from a card Thursday night, but the Dallas Cowboys likely won't be involved whatsoever.
And they're totally ok with that.
The Cowboys, of course, used their 2019 first round pick on former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper helped to awake an offense which had been abysmal prior to his arrival, opening up the passing offense and unlocking quarterback Dak Prescott's best abilities.
Stephen Jones spoke to the Dallas Morning News this week, giving his reasoning for why he is comfortable with not having a first round pick this year.
"I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that would’ve made a difference on our roster like Amari made last year and like we feel like he’s going to make as me move forward" - Stephen Jones
Of course, he's correct. At least partially. Dallas went 7-2 after the Amari Cooper trade, winning a home playoff game while Cooper put up dominating statistics. Cooper quickly became the Cowboys' most prolific target in the passing game and added an element they so dearly missed during the first half of 2018.
Still, though, not having four (plus one) years of a first round pick on a rookie deal is never ideal. You'd like to have the chance to add that young talent on the cheap. Instead, the Cowboys will need to give Amari Cooper a big payday quickly.
There's no debating that the Amari Cooper trade has been a success for the Dallas Cowboys, however. He's the undisputed WR1 in Dallas, and had instant chemistry with young quarterback Dak Prescott.
You can't help but be excited to see how those two grow together moving forward.
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