2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vinny Curry

  • Speed
  • Ability to force fumbles
  • Quick get off
  • Agility to move around tackles
  • Repertoire of moves
  • Shedding blocks when pass rushing
  • Versatility to rush from either side
  • Athletic
  • Can drop into coverage
  • Hard worker in weight room
  • Durable, experienced 3-year starter

  • Strength at the point of attack
  • Ability to stop a drive block
  • Shedding blocks in the ground game
  • Did not face many elite collegiate tackles

    Summary: Curry has been the most consistent pass rushers in college football over the past two seasons. This season, the redshirt senior had 77 tackles with 22 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, three blocked kicks and seven forced fumbles. In 2010, he had 12 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss and 94 tackles. For his career, Curry totaled 26.5 sacks with 49 tackles for a loss, 10 forced fumbles and 239 tackles. Curry's production didn't fall off despite seeing extra blockers sent his direction this year.

    Curry is a dangerous edge rusher who commands a lot of blocking attention. He has a great get-off when the ball is snapped with a good combination of moves to beat offensive tackles. Curry has the agility to drop his hips and shoulder to get turned to the quarterback with the speed to close in an instant. In college, Curry was a prolific pass rusher.

    Curry has improved his run defense as he has added weight. There were times when going against big offensive tackles that they were able to push Curry around. While he has gotten better, he does not look like a base end who will hold his ground at the point of attack. Curry does well in run defense when he can use his speed in pursuit.

    Player Comparison: Cameron Wake. Curry is a similar edge rusher to Wake. They both have speed and moves coming from the outside. Like Wake, Curry can beat linemen with speed and shed blocks with good hand work. Projecting Curry to the NFL, I see a player similar to Wake.

    NFL Matches: Green Bay, Pittsburgh, New England, Buffalo, Kansas City, San Diego, Arizona, Baltimore, Miami Curry could get consideration late in the first round, but is more likely to be a second-day pick. He would be quality value in the second round.

    Curry would be a good fit in any 3-4 defense. He would be ideal complement as an edge rusher for Green Bay on the other side from Clay Matthews. Curry could be a quality understudy for the Steelers' James Harrison. For the Patriots, Bills and Chargers, Curry could make a quick impact, as all of those teams could use an upgrade for their edge rushers immediately.


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