get the ball rollin with the highest rated name on the list, Vinny Curry
... SR BOWL WEIGH IN NUMBERS 6-3 265
Vinny Curry is a well-rounded defensive end prospect out of Marshall. This member of the Thundering Herd has shown flashes of first round potential as a three-year starter.
Curry definitely looks the part of an elite, athletic defensive end at 6'4" and 263 pounds. He will have to compete with underclassmen to maintain his early round draft stock, but he's adding a great senior year to an already stacked collegiate resume.
He displays a very good array of pass rushing moves. Whether he is ripping offensive tackles to the ground or shoving them back into the quarterback, he does a great job consistently getting after the quarterback (especially if the pocket collapses). Curry will need to improve his technique on running plays that attack his side of the field. He is sometimes too caught up in attacking the quarterback that he'll either take himself out of position or a well-timed double team will severely compromise his gap assignment.
If he adds some flexibility to his lower half, Curry could end up as a team's leading pass rusher. If he shows explosion during the combine, his stock could be on the rise very quickly.
Curry projects as an early second round prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Last Updated Oct-31-2011
Film Room Notes: vs UAB, vs Memphis
Strengths: Nice size, with sub 4.8 speed – Sudden pass-rusher, uses a good bull rush, conversion rush, and a decent swim move – Uses his hands very well – Recognizes blocking schemes quickly – Very productive, applies consistent pressure on quarterbacks – Closes quickly when he gets a run at the QB – Good motor, doesn’t quit on plays and pursues well – Adept at getting to the ball (6 FF, 2 blocked kicks so far in 2011) – Plays 4-3 DE, but has the skill-set to transition to a rush OLB – Plus intangibles according to teammates and coaches, current team captain.
Weaknesses: Hasn’t played a ton of great competition, but has produced against good teams – Disappears at times against double-teams – Not the most stout, has trouble holding the POA against top OL’s – Will need to add to his repertoire of rush moves.
Last Updated: November 2nd, 2011
Adequate height. Good overall size. A smart, patient player. Does a great job playing to the situation; rarely hurts himself by being overaggressive in his effort to get into the backfield, a common flaw among college ends. Has the ability to be a realiable three-down lineman. Effective pass rusher with a variety of moves. Has the quick burst to be an effective speed rusher, but also the strength to use the bull rush on occasion. Experienced lining up at end in 3-4 and 4-3 formations. Has been productive in his few opportunities against elite competition (great game vs Ohio State in 2010). Could potentially play linebacker in a 3-4 system. Weaknesses: Athleticism is marginal; will struggle dropping into coverage if moved to linebacker. Marginal speed. May not be a consistent pass-rush threat at the next level. Lacks the speed to make plays in pursuit, but does put forth the effort. Level of competition is a minor concern; hasn’t proven himself against top opponents week after week. Comments: Curry lacks the measurables to be considered an elite prospect, but he has a well-rounded skill set which should make him an effective starter at the next level. He’s probably best suited to play with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 system, but 3-4 teams will likely consider him an option at linebacker.
Player Comparison: LaMarr Woodley
Round Projection: Mid Second Round
LaMarr Woodley is the comparison here due to similar body builds and how they were used in college versus how they will be used in the pros. Only difference is Woodley played elite competition. Still a 3-4 team needing a pass rusher will likely select him in Round 2. Curry helped his stock out a ton by gaining 20 pounds and not losing any speed. With a season or two to work on his coverage skills I believe Curry to become a 9-10 sack a season talent. Teams like Dolphins, Jets, Bills, Patriots, Packers, and Cowboys should take a long look in Round 2 on this guy.
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---Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor - "A day after leaping to prominence by darting into the backfield and forcing a fumble, the undersized pass rusher was the star of the day in the North squad's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl game. Following the morning session, Curry was surrounded by scouts seeking personal information.
"He was quick, elusive, forceful and disruptive. He looked every part of a playmaker. Curry was the best of the tweeners in a Senior Bowl that is loaded with tweeners on both teams' rosters.
---Tony Pauline, SI.com draft analyst - "Very athletic, very quick, natural pass rusher. Quick change of direction. Has all the attributes to make the change to outside linebacker in a 3-4."
---New York Times NFL Blog - "Curry showed his quick burst off the edge and ability to penetrate against the run against top competition. There are still blemishes in his game, but he'll have many teams taking a second look at his tape."
---Mike Mayock, NFL Network - "I like Vinny Curry. He plays with a great motor, great leverage. He gets up the field. He's quick. I think he's probably a second-round pick." VIDEOS Curry1 Curry2 Curry3 Image: http://www.thedraftseason.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/curry1.jpg Image: http://www.thedraftseason.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/curry-pool2.jpg Image: http://www.thedraftseason.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/curry11.jpg Image: http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/10478294-large.jpg Image: http://www.wvgazette.com/mediafiles/thumbs/275/314.64530892449/9curry_I101008220918.jpg Image: http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/001/747/582/129966075_display_image.jpg?1325477846
A tweener type, these guys can get premium value if he grades out well as a 3-4 OLB. Looks like it would take some fall on boards to be around at #59. Not so far to be out of the realm of possibility tho. Probably a guy we would like to see have a disappointing combine. This time last year Martez Wilson was in discussion as a late first rounder. He had arguably the worst combine of any player. That's why he fell to the 8th pick in the 3rd Rd, #72 overall. Keep an eye on this guy to see if you might be chanting "VinNY, VinNy, VinNY!" next year.
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