Draft spotlight: Marshall DE Vinny Curry

Vinny Curry terrorized quarterbacks in Conference USA. (Associated Press)

Vinny Curry terrorized quarterbacks in Conference USA. (Associated Press)

VINNY CURRY

 HT: 6-3

WT: 266

40-yard dash: 4.64 (at Pro Day Wednesday 3/14)

Vertical: 35.5 (3/14)

Bench Press: 28 repetitions (225 pounds) (3/14)

Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey

Key stats: 77 tackles; 22 tackles for losses, 11 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Let’s move on to the draft.

There are only a few matters left in free agency. What’s going to happen to Curtis Lofton, John Abraham and Todd McClure?

The Falcons are still reportedly interested in defensive end Kendall Langford, but he’s in Cincinnati today talking to the Bengals.

We’ll do this little DRAFT SPOTLIGHT feature leading up to the April 26-28 draft. We’ll try to take a look a guys who’ll be available when the Falcons draft with the 55th pick in the second round.

I haven’t been in the mood to do a Mock Draft since the Falcons don’t have a first round pick. That kind of takes the fun out of it.

But here’s some information from Mr. Curry, who was a team captain for the Thundering Herd as a senior.

Q: How did you perform at the Senior Bowl?

A: My goal going into the Senior Bowl was just to prove to the world that I’m legit and I can play with the best of them. It definitely was a great experience, and I felt like I did a pretty good job for the most part. I just (want to) continue to build on that success.

Q: Do you have to keep proving yourself because you played at Marshall?

A: Oh yeah. Oh yeah. But I like stuff like that. I love being the underdog. I feel the underdog always works harder, always has something to prove. That’s my personality. I feel like I always have something to prove. I just love to work, I love to get better.

Q: Was your production consistent?

A: Oh yeah. That’s one thing about me. Our coaching staff preached competitive excellence. Basically, can you make a play when your number is called? For the most part, me being a team leader I had to always be at competitive excellence, no matter what it was. So I would definitely say yes.

Q: How did you get so many forced fumbles?

A: This year, coming into the season, everybody knew I was coming off a really hot junior year. Basically I knew what I was getting myself into this year as a senior with game planning and double teams and triple teams and chips and sometimes quadruple teams … So my defensive line coach, Fred Tate, he sat me down one day. He said, ‘What you going to do, man?’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘You got to do something else to separate yourself from the rest of the defensive linemen in the country.’ So I worked on stripping every day. If you look at my strips or forced fumbles, they’re not really from the quarterbacks. I only had one quarterback forced fumble. The rest came from running backs and chasing down screen plays. I worked hard at that.

Q: You had a lot of tackles for loss too. Do play honest in terms of playing against the run?

A: Oh yes sir. That’s another thing that I pride myself on, stopping the run and then getting after the quarterback. I feel like I’m an all-around player. . . I’m just striving on proving that each day.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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141 comments Add your comment

Felix

March 15th, 2012
5:13 am

Felix

March 15th, 2012
5:19 am

with so many 1st. round bust I wonder if it is not better to have a couple of 2nd round picks than 1st. D Led what seems to be the biggest need of the falcons now?

just sayin'

March 15th, 2012
6:01 am

“competitive excellence”….now that’s something any team can use….

Samuel

March 15th, 2012
6:07 am

Sounds like the guy is a hard worker and he makes plays. I can see why the Falcons would be interested!!

joe

March 15th, 2012
6:30 am

seems like another L. Sidbury…. how’s that working out ?

robertussen

March 15th, 2012
6:39 am

with weems gone i’d like to take a look at boykin in the 2nd or 3rd if still there

Paddy

March 15th, 2012
6:43 am

joe…….hasn’t Sidbury done just about what everyone expected of him? I am not dissapointed in his place on the team.

falCANS

March 15th, 2012
6:52 am

Expecting Sidbury to have a standout year!! Coaching staff sees something in him obviously. Would LOVE to draft Boykins. This Curry guy sounds good too

lowdownjj

March 15th, 2012
7:32 am

Gotta get a pass rush. Beerman and Edwards won’t cut it.

dan

March 15th, 2012
7:36 am

May have to give up something to move up but would give up a 5th or 6th to get him. And then get a center with a 3rd round. Still think we have money to get McNeill at least for our LT.

D'ville Phil

March 15th, 2012
7:41 am

Are those stats for Curry’s Senior Year or for his career? would be nice to know. I hope the Falcons are looking for a passrusher who has had more than 11 sacks in 4 years.

E Love

March 15th, 2012
7:45 am

O Ledbetter great interview. I am now worried about the TRIPLE that the Tampa Bay Bucs hit yesterday. Give Me your thoughts.

jay

March 15th, 2012
8:03 am

yawn. the only thing to look forward to now is the penalties the Saints will receive.

Rip

March 15th, 2012
8:06 am

I think we are about to get hit my a fast moving train in this league. We have no money, no 1st round pick, no pass rush. no protection, no deep ball, no break away back. 9 and 7 maybe 10 and 6 may the playoffs, one and done.

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
8:11 am

It’s all speculation on this guy right now. WHAT’s REAL is that Tampa Bay is getting some STUDS and we have a new DC and OC and no real bangers on Defense. We may be ok, but hard to be sure right now I must admit!!!

Rip

March 15th, 2012
8:16 am

Veedub, I agree with you Tampa is getting several STUDS on offense and a few plug-in on defense. they had already drafted two young STUDS on defense last year. We just have to many holes to fill and not enough personnel or money to fiz it. will have to be smoke and mirrors to make the play-offs

falcon 8211

March 15th, 2012
8:19 am

THE PROCESS! HORSE S**T

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
8:26 am

@Rip… Yeah man, hard to get excited about anything right now. More doubt with no reassurance!!

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
8:29 am

I hear ya 8211, I hear ya!

JONESBORO SLIM

March 15th, 2012
8:29 am

Like some of you I too feel TD and staff are putting together a nice deal I hope DE Mark Anderson of the Pats or Eric Winston of Houston …..so like the ole man said to his son “patiences jackass patience”

GDawg

March 15th, 2012
8:43 am

Listen everyone I assure you that they are being quiet for a reason something BIG is coming you will see. You Gotta Have Faith

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
8:48 am

DLed… Whatup with William Moore?

dean

March 15th, 2012
8:50 am

Jonesboro, many moons ago I caught many a bucket mouths on both lakes separated by Jodeco Rd. Used to be cool to wave at Burt Lancaster and his blond beauty, Loni. Anyway, maybe the silence in Suwanee is golden. I hope so.

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
8:50 am

@SLIM.. would have been funny but you said “patiences” and made it sound ignant!!

SeenThisBFalcon

March 15th, 2012
9:04 am

OSI UMENYIORA ANYONE!!!

supa

March 15th, 2012
9:08 am

being a long time falcons fan i knew that it wouldn’t be long b4 we would shoot for the highest level of mediocrity…..can’t wait to b 6-10…..jeeezzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!

MaxxFalcon

March 15th, 2012
9:15 am

I love this guy. I’d be very happy if Falcons took him

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
9:18 am

@SEENThis… Anyone at this point, really!!! Its amazing to me how the Falcons try to keep their moves quiet and then end up making “big splashes” with mediocre players, players who are hurt, players coming off injury, players coming off the couch, etc…. Atlanta teams in general are all the same.. Kinda frustrating year after year!!!

Loyal Falcon

March 15th, 2012
9:32 am

Our team is not as bad as some of you make it. With the new coaches(whom I think are gonna make a huge difference) we are gonna be better.

Stank Wren

March 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Sounds like a good kid. Hopefully the Falcons will take a long look at him

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
9:40 am

@supa…. Yes lawd!!! My feelings exactly. We need some players/coaches with passion to change the culture which changes the level of play..

For instance:
In each of our playoff appearances under Smitty, 3 in the last 4 years.. Only one of those, the game against Arizona, did we play playoff caliber football. The other 2 playoff games (Green Bay; Giants) we played like it was the regular season and the games meant nothing and there was noone, that I saw, that was rallying the troops, that was hyping the guys up or anything. Offense would go out and putt around then the defense would go out and putt around… Hard to watch year after year but nothing new!! We need some renegade players that wanna win!!!! By renegade I mean good players that wanna win.. Like a Ray Lewis type guy that makes people around him better becuse he demands it verbally and by the way he plays.. Abe, Lofton, were not very verbal and do not make anyone better… Im off hte soap box now but think I made my point…

Khaos

March 15th, 2012
9:42 am

Langford is a run stopping DE. We need a pass rush. Sidbury is light int he pass. Biermann is in RHOA lala land. We’re in a division with an uprising Cam Newton, solid Josh Freeman, and world better Drew Bress. According to Dled, we’ve gutted an already suspect defense. Btw did I say we need a pass rush?

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
9:45 am

@Stank Wren.. We dont need good kids! We need great players.. We have a lot of good kids already; good kids only get you so far! Our team is proof of that.

DA4Dherd

March 15th, 2012
9:50 am

If Atlanta gets Vinny with pick 55, you’ve got the steal of the draft. After his workouts yesterday (Wednesday 3/14) including his workout in LB drills, Vinny likely will go in the 2nd half of round 1 and no worse than pick 40. I cover Marshall FB for herdnation.com, and I’ve talked to Vinny several times. He’s driven, he’s a leader and he won’t be a bust. He’s got a great sense of humor. On Halloween he dressed up as Rick Flair and crashed his head coach’s weekly press conference. BTW those were his senior year stats.

Cheech

March 15th, 2012
9:54 am

Wow, this sounds like a really nice, honest, down-to-earth kid. D. Led, how many people that you interview call you “sir?” Let’s put a Falcons jersey on him!

PMC

March 15th, 2012
9:57 am

I’d love to get him at 55 if he’s there, I guess it really depends on what they are going to do though.

Whether the future is 3-4 base or not.

Veedub

March 15th, 2012
9:57 am

@GDawg… They were quite last year then brought in an already hurt Ray Edwards on a sizeable contract.. I have no problem with silence but not for gimpy players. No other team wanted him anyway!

GDawg

March 15th, 2012
10:10 am

@Veedub You have to understand everyone is dogging Edwards, first he was coming of an injury and was not 100 % last year and second he was in a vanilla defense you have to him another year.

Ken Strickland

March 15th, 2012
10:19 am

A writer does an interview with a DE prospect and everything he says seems so positive, and his production if 1st rate. Then we have some negative minded clown post a bunch of negative minded BS about him being a potential bust based on absolutely nothing. STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 15th, 2012
10:27 am

Felix — Draft needs have to be 1. Defensive end/Linebacker hybrid for Nolan (a couple of them). 2. Cornerback, 3. Tight end and 4. Backup quarterback. That’s just my analysis of what’s happening.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 15th, 2012
10:27 am

Joe — L. Sid is productive everytime he gets on the field.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 15th, 2012
10:28 am

falCANS — It would be nice to see more of L. Sid!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 15th, 2012
10:29 am

dan — Hawley looks like your center. I need to check on the McNeil situation and see if he has a reasonable price and if his injuries check out.

J.J.M.

March 15th, 2012
10:33 am

*yawns* unproven player

DA4Dherd

March 15th, 2012
10:35 am

Here’s an excerpt from Joe Pauline’s report on si.com on Vinny’s pro day workout yesterday. Link is at the bottom for the full report. It sounds like with his LB workout and 40 time Vinny can certainly contribute as a DE/LB hybrid.

‘Marshall’s Vinny Curry continued the momentum of the morning’s brilliant workout with a first-class practice session. Curry ran through a battery of linebacker and defensive line drills for almost 45 minutes, a session in which one scout on hand referred to as “masterful.” Looking athletic and explosive, coaches were impressed with the mental toughness and tenacity Curry showed throughout the workout. During linebacker drills, engineered by the Arizona Cardinals, Curry flowed well around the field, quickly changing direction without losing balance. The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions handled the defensive line drills and again, Curry was up to the task in every test. There was a feeling from teams departing the workout that Curry is now back in the conversation as a potential pick in the bottom half of round one.’

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/tony_pauline/03/01/pro.days/index.html#ixzz1p8WQRuBY

Marcus

March 15th, 2012
10:37 am

DOL,
check on Levi Brown’s asking price ……

Jones

March 15th, 2012
10:38 am

Is Atlanta interested in Levi Brown?

GDawg

March 15th, 2012
10:39 am

Saints get Grubbs

Jeff

March 15th, 2012
10:43 am

Hi D. Orlando Ledbetter, Can you tell what influence our new Defensive Coordinator is having on some of these decisions relative to fit / new scheme ?

Thank you,
Jeff

cwltank

March 15th, 2012
10:44 am

Sid is a pass rusher only & Matthews is pretty solid. I will be shocked if we drafted a DE in the 2nd rd. However, I agree we need hybird def ends for debt because our OLB are to small. I predict we draft a TE or A tall CB. Don’t get me wromg, I love Grimes but to franchise him was not a wise decision. Although, it can easily be corrected. lol