Game-day throwdown

January 25, 2012 by Doug Smock

Vinny Curry is in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, 4 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network. He is on the North roster, working under head coach Leslie Frazier and defensive line coach Brendan Daly (both Vikings).

The Huntsville Times did a story on him Tuesday morning, zeroing in on his mother’s death and his all-world performance in the Rice game.

Today’s New York Times blog chimes in … “Vinny Curry showed enough of a burst to beat his opponent off the edge, but his body lean often takes him to the ground rather than allowing him to turn the corner. He was able to get up field well in his run fits at times in team drills, however.”

That reminds me … one of my more loyal Tweetybird followers was aghast at a scouting report he saw on Curry and wondered, “Are they watching the same person we were?” This is not surprising. The National Football League is a tough, tough business and coaches and scouts will pick you apart. You cannot hide a weakness, no matter how small.

As I told my follower, Toto, we’re not in Conference USA anymore.

I saw this Bolt Beat story a couple of days ago, but I will post it here. One caveat: Don’t even try to predict which team will draft you if you last past, say, the middle of the first round. Teams don’t even have to interview you to know you exist. … The best thing a prospect can do that weekend is go fishing, golfing, etc., and not even watch.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com weighs in on the weigh-in: “With some prospects impressing with their athletic frames, there will naturally be some disappointments. It is worth repeating that the NFL is full of prospects who appeared too small, too heavy or too thin in shorts only to prove Pro-Bowlers on the field. Still, the relatively soft builds for Washington running back Chris PolkAlabama centerWilliam VlachosBoise State defensive lineman Billy Winn and Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry were a bit surprising.

From SI.com’s Tony Pauline on Tuesday: – “G Kelechi Osemele of Iowa State has had a solid morning. He uses his wide body to seal defenders from the action and was able to overwhelm the smaller Vinny Curry.”

But … this was quoted on an LSU message board, of all places: “Marshall defensive lineman Vinny Curry, 6-4, 263, flashed quickness when he shot across the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble.”

From Pauline’s blog Monday: “Senio Kelemete (G/Washington) has been incredibly athletic on the field and has stopped several top-rated pass rushers — including Jack Crawford of Penn State — dead in their tracks. In the full scrimmage Kelemete annihilated Vinny Curry on one play.”

I was directed to this Pro Football Weekly scouting report: “Solidly built, productive, pinned-ears right defensive end with a quick get-off who can shorten the corner and close once he gets a step — shows natural pass-rush ability. Strong wrap tackler. Emotional makeup — has a revved-up motor on the field and can overheat off the field if not handled properly.

“Tires quickly — is stronger and more explosive when battery is charged. Lacks elite flexibility and top-end speed, needs to develop his counter moves and will have to prove his mettle against more talented tackles. However, he has the tools to be an effective 4-3 edge rusher if paired with a patient, nurturing position coach.”

You get the picture. I’ll finish here with something called NFLmocks.com, which said: “Vinny Curry has been one of the more consistent pass rushers in College Football the past 2 years.  Many have written this off because of the competition he has faced.  When he played verse Mike Adams he had a multi sack game, though was destroyed in the run game.  If Curry can show consistent production this week, he could move into Round 1 for a team that displays both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses.”

Caution there. Only 32 go in Round 1. My hunch is Round 3, but I hardly consider myself an expert. One thing I know: Vinny will make the most of his opportunity …

My 2 cents on the Herd-UAB basketball game later today.

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