Vinny Curry was a force as soon as he stepped onto the Marshall Campus. But playing in the ill-regarded Conference USA hurt his draft stock. He has the size at 6’4’’, 266 pounds and put up the numbers, but some worry that it wasn’t against top competition. In his freshman season, Curry made seven appearances, accumulating nine tackles and forcing a fumble. By his senior year in 2011, he was Conference USA’s Defensive Player of the Year, was in the running for the Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, and Rotary Lombardi trophies. He ranked second in the nation with 21.5 tackles for loss and was sixth with 11 sacks. On the NCAA’s career sack list, Curry ranks second with 26.5.
Vinny Curry is reliable and strong when it comes to his pass-rushing abilities, and teams in the NFL, nowadays, can never have too many good players rushing the quarterback. He is very strong (28 reps of 225lbs) and does a good job of bull-rushing opposing offensive linemen. He does have the tendency to lose his balance when he does play out of control, but that can be easily fixed by good coaching and muscle repetition. He has decent speed to get to running backs breaking for the outside, can take on multiple blockers, and force the play to other defensive players if he is double teamed.
He does show fatigue later in games, but again, that can be fixed with proper conditioning in the NFL. Curry has to show coaches that he has the talent to take on one-on-one or double teams from NFL linemen before moving inside. He follows assignments, has great leadership, carries himself well, is great with the media and, my favorite, has no off-the-field incidents.
Since March 30th
, it has been reported that Vinny Curry has worked out for 16 NFL teams, doing work for both teams who run a 4-3 and 3-4 defense. Teams such as the Titans, Lions, Bills, Patriots, Eagles, Panthers, Bengals, Jets, Packers, and Saints could be looking long and hard at Curry and don’t be surprised if someone trades up their second-round pick to a team for their first rounder to grab Curry.