Originally Posted by carolinatony
Just wondering. He is rated so high; is he as good as advertised? I have read his Pass rush is not so great. Would be impact any defense he played for?
Not asking to trade up for him. Your thoughts on him.
Probably one of the highest Rated pure Linebackers to come out this decade.Seriously he is rated 1 or 2 on almost every big board I see. I wont even comment on this I leave it to the experts...Scouts Inc.-2004: Curry redshirts. 2005: He starts 10 of the 11 games he appears in and finishes with 45 total tackles, 28 unassisted tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack and five pass breakups. 2006: Curry starts all 14 games and finishes with 83 total tackles, including 8.5 TFL, three sacks and one interception. 2007: Curry starts 12 of the 13 games he plays in and finishes with 99 total tackles, 13.5 TFL, three sacks, four pass breakups and four interceptions. 2008: Curry starts in all 13 games, recording 105 total tackles, 66 unassisted tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, and 2.5 sacks. He also adds one interception, three pass break-ups, two QBHs, three fumble recoveries, and forces one fumble. Earns first team All-ACC honors and wins the Butkus Award (nations' top linebacker).
Height-Weight-Speed 1 Curry possesses an elite blend of height, weight and straight-line speed for a linebacker. Showcased his natural blend of size, speed and athleticism with outstanding Combine workout.
Durability 1 A four-year starter that did not miss a game due to injury throughout career.
Character 1 His father, Reggie Pinkney, played five seasons in the NFL and his brother, Patrick Pinkney, plays quarterback at East Carolina. No off-the-field issues to our knowledge. He is a highly competitive person with excellent football character. He is an outstanding leader and team player. Only minor blemish is that Wake Forest didn't start Curry in the 2007 Navy game because he missed a class earlier in the week.
Outside Linebacker specific Traits
Instincts/Recognition 1 Very instinctive player. Locates the ball carrier quickly. Is disciplined and will execute his assignments. Plays within the scheme. Diagnoses plays quickly and rarely takes false steps.
Pursuit/Point of Attack 1 Fills hard and will explode through iso-blockers in a phone booth. Shows the ability to stack and shed efficiently. Is thickly built and plays with a wide base. Takes sound angles in pursuit and displays sideline-to-sideline range. Aggressive and quick enough to disrupt running plays in the backfield. Overall effort is outstanding.
Tackling 1 Squares up to the ball carrier, wraps up and drives legs once in position. Shows good power at the point of attack and is extremely strong. Only knock here is that he occasionally will struggle to break down and make open-field tackle versus quick ball-carriers in space.
Pass Coverage 2 Reads quarterbacks' eyes and shows outstanding instincts in coverage. Almost never bites on play-fake. Shows some stiffness in his hips, so he won't be an ideal one-on-one matchup versus NFL's quickest RBs and TEs. But he can hold his own in most man-to-man situation and he has good range in zone.
Pass Rusher 3 Has limited experience as a pass rusher. Needs to become more polished in terms of pass rush moves. He does have potential in this area, though. Shows good instincts in timing his blitzes. Explosive enough to turn the corner at the NFL level and shows ideal closing speed. Shows good body control and can recover when gets knocked off balance. Active and extremely strong hands; can rip off of blocks quickly.
1 = Exceptional 2 = Above average 3 = Average 4 = Below average 5 = Marginal