The New York Giants were one of seven NFL teams to attend a Pro Day workout by David Irving, a talented but trouble defensive tackle from Iowa State who did not play for the Cyclones in 2014.
Irving was dismissed from the Iowa State football team prior to the 2014 season for his part in a riot. He was charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in connection with a student riot back in April.In announcing the move, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said:
"David Irving has exhausted that privilege to represent this football program by not meeting the expectations that we laid out for him."
Irving had also faced a domestic abuse charge prior to the riot. That charge was ultimately dropped.
Irving is 6-foot-7 3/4 and listed between 272 and 281 pounds. His Pro Day numbers, from NFL.com, show why teams are interested in finding out more about him:
40-yard dash: 4.84 seconds
Vertical jump: 38 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 8 inches
Short shuttle: 4.53 seconds
3-cone: 7.27 seconds
Would the Giants, who have placed more emphasis on character during the past couple of drafts, take a flier on Irving? Perhaps as an undrafted free agent, where there is no risk and no real penalty for getting rid of a player if he does not perform well or live up to expectations off the field.
It is just interesting that the Giants were one of the handful of teams to send personnel to Irving's workout.