Monday, April 30, 2012
Draft couldn’t have worked out any better for Curry
This year’s NFL Draft turned out to be more like the ending of a Hollywood movie script for Vinny Curry. The former Marshall University defensive end had every reason to believe that he would be selected late in the first round.
In the final analysis, though, Curry got exactly what he had always dreamed of – a chance to play for his favorite childhood team– the Philadelphia Eagles.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid did not mince words when asked about what he likes most about Curry, who was drafted in the second round as the 59th pick overall. “Vinny has one speed and that’s 100 miles an hour,” Reid told a reporter from Philly.com.
At first glance, it would seem that Curry might be better off with another team. After all, Philadelphia is loaded with defensive ends. Even so, he still figures to get his share of playing time. The Eagles employ a rotation on the defensive front so they can keep fresh bodies in the game. Having a rotation assures that Philly can continue to put intense pressure on the passer.
Curry’s talent for putting quarterbacks on their backsides (23 sacks over his last two seasons at MU) is clearly documented. At some point in the future, you figure that he’ll get his shot to be an every-down player because he’s better than average as a run-stopper.
With Curry on board, starters Trent Cole and Jason Babin will be even more effective. And when you add Curry’s fellow rookies -- Fletcher Cox (DT) and Mychal Kendricks (LB) to the mix -- there’s cause for much optimism that the Eagles will pack a much heavier punch on defense in 2012.
Make no mistake, Vinny Curry is an impact player. The fact that a team well-stocked with pass rushers still opted to add him to their fold says a lot. And in my opinion, it’s a reflection of some of the pre-draft scouting reports which said that Curry compares favorably to Jason Pierre-Paul of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.