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This new development of Sanchez moving up into the top 10 affects Curry, and if you look at the board, he could fall to 7 or 8 easily -- which just happens to be about the value of the 23 and 34 picks put together.
Right now people are talking about Sanchez going to Seattle. Which means that one of two things could happen to make Curry fall. Either someone trades to #3 to grab Sanchez, bumping KC off a possible Curry pick, or else KC just doesn't pick Curry.
Look at the rest of the board. Cleveland will almost certainly take Crabtree. Cincy needs a tackle in the worst way, so they'll go Monroe or Smith, whoever doesn't go #2. And Oakland is a pretty good bet to look at a wideout (Maclin, Heyward-Bey) or a tackle like Andre Smith.
I get that Curry is a very strong possibility to go either to KC, which needs a linebacker, or Seattle, which needs one even worse now that Petersen is gone. But a Sanchez pick at #4 makes a Curry slide to the bottom of the top 10 possible. At that point, why not grab him? Just a thought.
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Because of what you would lose to get one player. I'd rather have 23 and 34 then Curry as the value in that range is still there. 2 good players can be better than 1 great player, and at a cheaper price as welll
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Its an interesting question. 23 & 34 are both going to deliver us potentially really good players. But Curry is potentially a franchise LB, and putting him next to Mayo is pretty enticing. Ultimately, I would probably pull the trigger on that, and then try and use other picks to move up from 47 & 58 to get higher up in round 2. The middle of your defense would be set for years, and Curry provides the one thing that perhaps no other player in the draft can for us - and that's immediate upgrade over the current starter.
Curry is far and away the best defensive player available. No way there are no defensive players taken with the first seven picks.
Last year it was what do we do if Long falls to #7.
I'm not arguing with Curry being the best defensive player available. But look at the history. Linebackers in the top 5 are pretty rare. Teams are always looking for tackles, quarterbacks, and pass-rushers in the top of the draft. Curry is a terrific linebacker, but he's not a sackmaster type. And in this draft it just so happens that there are several teams with drastic OL needs at the top. Again, just look at the board. Who takes Curry in the top 10? Definitely not Detroit, which just picked up Julian Petersen. Not St. Louis, which took a 4-3 end last year and needs not just one tackle but two. Not Cincinnati, which not only also needs two tackles, but has built its team around its QB, who just lost at least one wideout and will probably lose the other: they would probably take Crabtree if he fell. Not Oakland, whose linebacking corps isn't great, but is a lot better than some of its other units.
Most of these teams up top, if they go defense, they'll be more inclined to look at a tackle like BJ Raji. That's definitely true of both Jacksonville and Green Bay. It might even be true of KC, which has nobody to play the nose. The Jags would probably also consider Malcolm Jenkins before Curry.
It's just a positional anomaly. Both KC and Seattle would be strong candidates to pick Curry. But he's a slightly odd fit for the rest of the teams, especially given how rarely non-pass-rushing linebackers get picked up high.
I think Curry falls to the 8-10 range. If he does, it is definitely something to consider. Take Curry, an OLB and a DB, and the back 7 would be set. But it's very expensive.
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