Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
As I continue to progress in evaluating players, I can’t help but notice my rankings deviate from the norm more and more each year. In the Defensive Tackle Rankings, Cornerback Rankings, Interior Line Rankings, and Edge-Rusher Rankings, there are significant differences as compared to consensus rankings. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but I will continue to evaluate players strictly as I see them.
One of the players I have rated much higher than other analysts is Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry. I recently posted a scouting report on Vinny Curry at the NY Times:
At 6-4, 263 pounds, Vinny Curry has prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker size. He played with his hand in the dirt at Marshall, but I don’t think the standout defensive end will have trouble rushing the quarterback from a stand-up position in the big leagues. You can see Curry’s explosiveness off the line in the first play in the video below, and again at the 1:58 mark. For a player some others are claiming possesses average athleticism, that’s a fine initial burst.
At the 36-second mark, you can see Curry use superior handwork and a shift of the body to create an angle for himself to get around the edge for the sack. The very next play, Curry uses his quickness to split a double team for the tackle. These two plays exemplify Curry’s versatility. He has every-down potential in the N.F.L.
Click here for the full report. I don’t think the Cowboys’ outside linebacker situation is as dire as many others, but if Curry happens to drop to the team’s second-round pick, I’d be ecstatic if they scooped him up. I think he could eventually be the yin to DeMarcus Ware’s yang which Anthony Spencer has not been able to become.
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