Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Weight: 266 lbs.
40 Yrd Dash: 4.98 sec
225 Lb. Bench: 28 reps
Vertical Jump: 32″
Broad Jump: 9’2″
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.40 sec
3-Cone Drill: 6.90 sec
The Lions current regime is always going to place a premium on the defensive line and Vinny Curry is one player they brought to the team facilities for a pre-draft visit.
The scouting report on ESPN.com gives Curry an “exceptional” rating (their highest grade) in the intangibles category with the following explanation:
Team captain. One of the hardest workers in the entire 2012 draft class. Passionate about the game. Comes from a tough background. Linda “”Cissy”" Jackson, Curry’s mother, died Oct. 10, 2011 of cancer at the age of 50. Football means the world to this guy. Has a tough financial situation yet donates time to homeless. Academically ineligible in 2007. Might take longer to download information (playbook, responsibilities, weekly scheme changes) but it won’t be due to lack of effort. Very coachable.
Sounds like a guy that is easy to root for and would be an asset in the locker room. Noted as more of a power player than a speed and finesse pass rusher, it isn’t difficult to see why he’s found success. Fighting on the football field is nothing compared to the fights he’s had to deal with so far in life.
Vinny Curry might have been a first round draft pick if he was a more dynamic athlete. Still, he has a lot of upside as an NFL pass rusher and figures to come off the board in the second round. He might only have average size but he has an above average motor and won’t give up on a play.
Marshall was able to utilize Curry’s skills in a variety of ways. In addition to his defensive end spot, Curry lined up as a three-technique defensive tackle on occasion to give a quicker look to interior offensive lineman. He contributed on special teams by blocking three kicks a year ago. Curry may have gotten some early looks as a 3-4 outside linebacker but his skill set is ideally suited as a 4-3 charged with getting after the quarterback.