Bucky Irving Draft Profile | Oregon, RB Scouting Report

Oregon RB Bucky Irving is one of the most explosive and fun playmakers in college football. We look at his NFL projection in this scouting report.

The star of the Oregon Ducks’ rushing attack is also one of the best 2024 NFL Draft prospects at his position. Ducks senior running back Mar’Kiese “Bucky” Irving is pushing for a spot in our top-five positional rankings. We’re looking at Irving’s scouting report for next year’s draft.

Bucky Irving Draft Profile and Measurements

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 195
  • Position: RB
  • School: Oregon
  • Current Year: Junior

Irving didn’t take long to make an impact at Oregon after transferring from Minnesota. After totaling 699 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry, Irving lept in production with the Ducks. He finished 2022 with 1,058 rushing yards, 299 receiving yards, and eight total scores.

Bucky Irving Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Hyper-efficient playmaker who can take any single carry to the house from anywhere on the field.
  • Great explosiveness thanks to elite speed for his position.
  • He accelerates up to his top gear in a hurry and hard to slow down once he starts getting an advantageous angle on the defender.
  • He is a very competitive player who will fight for more ground.
  • Irving keeps his eyes looking for the best possible rushing lane and has the quickness and movement ability to get there.
  • He’s a decisive player who hits big when he gambles.
  • Great fit for outside zone and gap concepts because his speed allows him to get to the edge in a hurry.
  • Irving is a strong receiving presence as a back or can be flexed into the slot and run legitimate routes.

Weaknesses

  • A thinner, lighter frame that may not be able to handle bulk without suffering a drop in explosiveness.
  • He wants to bounce outside his rushing lane and get creative even when it’s unnecessary. Could do a better job finding the balance between being a playmaker and keeping the offense on schedule.
  • Irving will run into a blocker because he struggles to slow down after speeding up. He must remain patient and understand his gifts more.
  • Takes on too much of the weight of the offense upon himself instead of taking advantage of what is given to him by the defense.

Current Draft Projection and Summary

Speedy backs who maximize their touches have become popular in the NFL as offenses continue to become more spread and pass-happy. That’s spectacular news for Irving, who once may have been viewed as a platoon back only. But now he could be a starter in the league on an offense looking to get big plays from a position they may only give 15 touches to a game.

Irving is a ton of fun to watch. For every misread or miscalculation when picking a rushing lane, he has several big runs that take the breath from the defense. His ability to outrun defenders and create havoc in space is uncommon.

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His size and lack of pass-blocking ability to turn some teams off. More creative and efficient units will love moving him around formations and maximizing his gifts.

We have a Day 2 grade on Irving and believe he’d be an excellent addition to an offense needing a playmaker who can take the unit to the next level.

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