Florida’s Joey Ivie selected by Dallas Cowboys in 7th round of 2017 NFL Draft

Blake Sims #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes away from Joey Ivie #91 of the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

6-foot-3, 301 pounds, DT

Joey Ivie was the 10th pick in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft (No. 228 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys.


Football won’t be what Ivie remembers most about his college career. In April 2015, he rushed home to Dade City after his younger sister, Jordan, was in a serious car accident. She died in his arms at the hospital. Ivie’s younger brother, Andrew, signed with the Gators to play alongside him but had to give up the sport for medical reasons. On the field, Ivie made 16 starts over four seasons, tallying 80 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Scouting report:

Ivie maximizes his natural tools with a strong motor and great energy. He spots the ball quickly, uses quick hands to fend off blockers and is an active pass rusher. But he lacks lower body strength and can get pushed off his spots by double teams and combo blocks. He does not possess a lot of power or explosiveness for his position and finishing plays was an issue — he missed eight of 74 tackle attempts over the past three seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

NFL Combine results:

40-yard-dash: 5.14 seconds (at UF Pro Day)
20-yard shuffle: 4.72 seconds (at UF Pro Day)
3-cone-drill: 8.09 seconds (at UF Pro Day)
Vertical jump: 29.5 inches (at UF Pro Day)
Standing long jump: 8 feet, 9 inches (at UF Pro Day)
225-pound bench press: 23 reps (at UF Pro Day)

Quote of note:

“There’s some boom or bust to his game that will make it difficult to stick as an every-down option. Ivie has some pass-rushing ability, but stashing a developmental pass-rusher can be difficult. He’ll at least get a shot to make a roster, and he’ll have to continue on the same progression curve he showed at Florida.” — Pro Football Focus

Career highlights:

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