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Aaron Curry OLB 6'2 254 Wake Forest 4.56

By: Robert Davis

In his first season on the field for the Demon Deacons, Curry earned Freshman All America honors after tallying 45 tackles, 7.5 f or loss, and one sack. His numbers almost doubled across the board as a sophomore, finishing the year with 83 tackles, 8.5 for loss, three sacks and an interception. Curry’s junior year was his best to date however. He continued to improve his game, again earning All ACC honors. He finished the year with 99 tackles, 13.5 for loss, three sacks, and four interceptions. Three of those picks were returned for touchdowns. Curry saved his best for last, earning numerous All America honors and winning the Butkus Award after posting career highs of 101 tackles, 15 for loss, 2.5 sacks and a pick.

Strengths

Curry is a complete linebacker prospect. He has the size, speed, strength, and instincts to be an impact defender at the next level. Curry has good size and active stopping the run. He will weed through the traffic to get to the ball carrier and make the play. Curry also shows the ability to make big plays in coverage. His awareness and ball skills are very good for a linebacker, and his six career interceptions are a testament to this. Curry’s all around skills should allow him to fill a void in any teams defense, whether it is a 4-3 or 3-4 unit.

Weaknesses

Curry is a an excellent all around linebacker, but he does have some things to work on. He is not a freak athlete, and is a bit stiff in coverage. He may not be asked to cover one on one a whole lot, even though he has the ability to make big plays in coverage.

Future

Aaron Curry is part of a deep linebacker class that could produce a number of special players. He is as good as any on the outside and has the versatility to fill a lot of roles for his team in the league. His standout senior campaign pushed him into top ten consideration, and his amazing combine cemented his top ten status. Curry may be the first defender selected, and may not fall out of the top five.


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