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Report: DE Irvin Will Visit Bears Before Draft

Bruce Irvin. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bruce Irvin. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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(CBS) It looks as if the Bears have their sights set on a picking up a defensive end via the draft.

According to a report, West Virginia DE Bruce Irvin will make a pre-draft visit to Halas Hall on April 16.

Irvin registered 22.5 sacks in two seasons with the Moutaineers. The 6-2, 245-pounder recorded a 4.43 40-yard dash time, turning heads at the NFL Scouting Combine last month.

The defensive end does come with some baggage, though, as he was arrested last week for allegedly damaging a sign outside a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop. The high school drop out also has other off-field incidents in his past.

“I’ve gone over this a hundred-thousand times, I have a different story than a lot of these guys,” Irvin said at the combine. “Grew up in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta, dropped out of high school in 11th grade and got in some trouble, ran with the wrong crowd. Finally saw the light, got my GED, took the test and passed all five parts on the first time.

“(NFL teams) have heard the stories, read the articles. They’re questioning me which I don’t blame. They kinda want to hear it from the horse’s mouth, the whole situation on how it happened. I’m no longer that person who I was, I went by BJ, now I’m Bruce. That’s what I tell them.”