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Aaron Curry - OLB Wake Forest, Senior

Height: 6'2" DOB: 04/06/1986
Weight: 254lbs Age: 28

Pick #4

Arm Hand 40 Yard 10 Yard Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Short Shuttle Long Shuttle Wonderlic KEI
32 5/8" 9 3/4" 4.56s N/A 25 37.0" 10' 4" N/A N/A 11.35 26 72.33

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Size Run Stopping
Speed Pass Rush/Blitz
Strength Pass Coverage
Athleticism Technique


Scouting Report
Some players are imposing because of their physical stature. Some players are imposing because of their
demeanor and how they play. Aaron Curry is both. Not only does Curry look like an All-Pro from a physical standpoint, you don't have watch him on the field for very long to realize that he comes to play every week. I could spend some time throwing out all the football cliche stuff but the bottom line is, Curry is the best defensive player in this draft, and that's by a pretty good margin. He's got a body type paired with athleticism that will allow him to play in virtually any defensive scheme and plays with a "suddenness" and aggression that NFL teams love. He's shown to be solid in blitzing situations, and on the pass rush, which 3-4 teams will love but is also an excellent tackler and able to diagnose a play quickly and work t the ball to finish. Curry has few shortcomings to his game, other than some concerns about his ability to drop into coverage, but that could be more to do with the fact he's just not been called upon to do so. Some "experts" believe that Curry is too aggressive, and could get caught up in plays. I suppose that's true of any college athlete who's been the best player on the field week after week. He'll get coached up, and learn to play within the scheme.

Draft Status
At this point Curry is the best defensive player in the draft, and probably one of the 4 or 5 best prospects overall. With
Kansas City moving to a 3-4 defense, he's going to be very enticing to the Chiefs at 3. With his ability to play inside or outside, I can particularly see him filling that rush OLB role in the 3-4. If for some reason KC goes offensive tackle instead, I can't see him making it past Cleveland at 5.

Final analysis
Coming soon...

Reminds me of: Patrick Willis
High praise I know, considering how well Willis has done so early in his career, but the similarities are
all there. Willis might be a little more athletic, and look better in shorts, but Curry is every bit the football player he is. The one area, where I think they are most similar, and benefits Curry most is their attitude. Curry is as driven a football player as I've seen in some time, an extremely hard working, smart athlete. You can never underestimate the power that just wanting it more has on a players performance. Curry wants this bad.

Red Flags: None

Scouting Report written by Curtis Popejoy

Career Statistics

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks PD Int
2004 - - - - - -
2005 11 45 7.5 1 5 0
2006 14 83 8.5 3 3 1
2007 13 99 13.5 3 4 4
2008 13 105 16 2.5 3 1
Stats from cfbstats.com

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