Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Vinny Curry
- Vinny Curry, DE/OLB Marshall
- 6-foot-3, 266lbs
- Curry finished 2011 in the top ten in the nation in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.
- Is from New Jersey. That is all…
4.854.98 40yd dash
- 4.4 20 yard shuttle
- 6.9 3-cone drill
- 9.1′ long jump
- 32″ vertical jump
News & Notes:
All-State selection at Neptune High School, where he was voted team captain and MVP. Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 with 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 TFL. Recorded two sacks in the Senior Bowl, answering some questions about whether he could handle better competition. Ran a disappointing 4.85 40 yard dash at the combine, which has many observers thinking he fits better as a 4-3DE.
What they’re saying about him:
Wes Bunting (National Football Post): A strong kid with good movement skills and the production to go along with the skill set. Isn’t a dynamic athlete but has the ability to keep tackles off balance and be a solid pass rushing force.
Chad Reuter (CBS Sports): Plays with intensity and a nice anchor even when giving up 40-50 pounds against most blockers. Shows pop as a bull rusher. Stands up well against the run when lined up at five-technique, but must prove he has the bulk and strength to handle NFL linemen one-on-one or double-teams before moving inside. Team leader, younger players look up to him. Positive attitude in the locker room, works well with the media. Hustle on the field reflects work ethic off the field. No major off-field incidents.
NFL.com (Combine): Curry is an explosive athlete who could be moved around depending on the type of defensive scheme of the team who selects him. Some may stand him up and have him play outside linebacker in a 3-4 where he can focus on purely rushing the quarterback each play. In the run game, he is effective and can set the edge nicely against an offensive tackle, but has a difficult time getting to the ball if he is engaged upon early. Curry has second-round value based off his athletic ability and sack production the past two years.
More power than speed as an edge rusher, but shows good closing speed once he clears the OT.
Has a variety of effective pass rush moves. Best pass rush techniques I’ve seen in this draft.
Limited experience in pass coverage.
A little slow to find the ball in the run game, but is eager in pursuit.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.