Vinny Curry, DE, Marhshall
6-foot-3, 265 pounds
Draft projection: 25th to 50th pick
Lowdown: Curry has the production and size to project as a solid pro. He was the NCAA active career leader in tackles for loss at the end of last season, with 48. He had 12 sacks as a junior, 12 as a senior and 27.5 for his career. He also was a team captain. He’s a hustler. Curry ran a poor 40-yard dash time of 4.98 seconds at the combine. But he came back at his pro day with a good time of 4.64. He didn’t always play against the highest level of competition, and some scouts wonder about his top-end athletic ceiling. But he looked very good against top competition at the Senior Bowl. He’s a quality player who might creep into the bottom end of the first round. The Buffalo Bills would have to consider him if he lasts until their pick in the second round, No. 41.
“He's a lunch-pail guy that works his tail off,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock told the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch. “He's got some talent but he's not supremely gifted. And he gets the most out of what he is. He's got some natural pass-rush ability and some toughness. And when you combine those things, you can be a really productive, good NFL player.”
(The News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.)