The Seahawks Select … Aaron Curry?

We’re now less than two weeks away from the 2009 NFL Draft, and NFL fans everywhere are becoming more enthusiastic as the countdown continues. This year, as mentioned previously, is extremely significant for Seattle because they’re selecting fourth overall, their highest choice in some time.

As promised, I’ll continue posting draft analysis that will lead up to a mock draft of the first round.

This is what we’ve got so far:

Looking Ahead to the Draft
Looking Back: 2005 Draft
Looking Back: 2006 Draft

Looking Back: 2007 Draft
Looking Back: 2008 Draft

Now it is time to start looking at some prospects individually, and analyzing how they’d fit into Seattle’s draft. Please comment and let me know what you think about the players; other perspectives will definitely shape the impending mock draft. So we’ll get the individual analysis started with Aaron Curry, who is the obvious choice since many consider him to be the best player in this year’s class.

Player: Aaron Curry
School: Wake Forest
Position: Linebacker
Class: Senior
Height: 6-1⅝
Weight: 254
40-Yard: 4.61

Why He Fits: Aaron Curry is considered by many to be the best prospect in this year’s draft. He is an outstanding athlete, capable of contributing right away in the NFL. After Seattle traded away Julian Peterson (and his contract) to the Lions, it makes sense to look at the talented linebacker from Wake Forest as an immediate replacement.

Curry has a rare combination of size and speed, and is ready for success at the next level. Curry contributed every season during his career at Wake Forest; he started 49 games, including 10 starts as a redshirt freshman. He posted 105 tackles (16 for loss), 2.5 sacks, and an interception as a senior.

Curry has a strong build and exerts great power on the field. He plays with great instincts and you’ll rarely find him out of position. An overall unique athlete, Curry is a great tackler and possesses extraordinary strength at the point of attack.

Durability is something Seahawks fans have come to appreciate after last season, and Curry never missed a game due to injury while at Wake Forest. He is extremely smart, and had an outstanding senior season despite opposing offenses focused on neutralizing him. He is hardworking, mature, and possesses an outstanding character (Aaron Curry invites cancer survivor to draft).

Why He Doesn’t: Curry is an elite prospect, and arguably the best linebacker in this year’s class. With that being said, there aren’t many reasons why you wouldn’t want this guy on your team. Aside from a few technical flaws which can be corrected through good coaching, Curry seems like the perfect prospect.

Even though he is a great athlete and will probably be successful in the NFL, the Seahawks may pass because they’ve already got a lot of money tied up in the linebackers. Adding the salary of a top five pick will only add to the financial dilemma. Seattle has to focus on signing Leroy Hill to a long-term deal, and already has Tatupu locked in with a huge contract. There are more cost effective alternatives to a third starting linebacker, and Seattle has needs elsewhere that can be met with their initial pick. Besides, it is unlikely that Curry will even fall past the third pick, so the Seahawks probably won’t face this predicament.

Bottom Line: Curry definitely fits the mold of a Tim Ruskell selection. He is a four-year player who has started several games every season, he comes from a big school in the ACC, he doesn’t seem to have any character flaws, and there is no doubt he’d be the best available player if he slips to Seattle at number four.

After the Peterson trade, it appears as if the Seahawks are becoming more conscious of their financial commitments at particular positions, and would prefer to not lock up a large chunk of their cap space at one spot. If Curry falls past the third pick, however, it will be interesting to see if Seattle is willing to overlook financial commitments and stick to their philosophy of selecting the best player available, regardless of position.

Topics: 2005 NFL Draft, 2006 NFL Draft, 2007 NFL Draft, 2008 NFL Draft, 2009 NFL Draft, Aaron Curry, ACC, Detroit Lions, First Round, Julian Peterson, Kansas City Chiefs, LeRoy Hill, Lofa Tatupu, Mock Draft, NFL, Prospect, Seattle Seahawks, Tim Ruskell, Wake Forest

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  • Bob loughney

    Seattle should convince the rest of the teams that they are going to pick the best QB available at # 4. It could be either of the S guys. Other teams will want to trade up and seattle can then pick a couple or several very good players to fill more than one need.

  • http://www.12thmanrising.com Shaun Dolence

    That would definitely enhance the value of the fourth overall selection. I think everyone is in favor of trading down; gaining extra picks and saving the cost of a top five pick would be beneficial. Problem is, you have to find someone willing to trade up. If we can convince teams that we’re going to take the best QB available, as you said, then that might intrigue someone to move up in the draft. I am not sold that the Seahawks have REAL interest in Sanchez, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Good comment, Bob.

  • http://gmail Shawn Scott

    Ok. I’m so tired of hearing about what they are going to do… they have dissappointed me so much of late. This is what they SHOULD do.

    1. Sign Ken Lucas to sure up the cornenback position, and have the rotation start at marcus trufant then ken lucas then josh wilson then kelly jennings

    2. Draft Arron Curry or Brian Orakpo. (preferably curry) to fill the gap left by peterson. this will re-solidify the linebacking corps (a recent strength)

    3. Take Shonn Greene (running back out of iowa) to compliment j jones. He will provide the physicality the jones just does not, plus he was the only colege back to gain 100+ yards per game this season

    4. This is risky, but a necessity. Trade next years 2nd round pick (and possibly a 7th as well) for a 2nd rounder this year. Use that pick to get patrick chung, louis delmas, or the best safety on the board in the high to mid 2nd round.

    5. This is where it gets crazy, becuase you don’t know who will still be up for grabs. The best three options are -wr m massoquoi from georgia -dt f moala from usc -the best offensive lineman available

    6. Continue the rounds 4 – 7 drafting the best o and d lineman on the board. There is one exception to this, in the the hawks should pick Texas Tech qb Graham Harrell with the 5th rounder.

    7. Win the superbowl.

    This will sure up the hawks at just about every weak point they had from last year (not including problems they’ve already solved). If the hawks keep running a once great organization into the ground it’ll be the death of me.

    Listen up hawks, here is the blueprint for the most successfull draft in seahawks history, enjoy.

    -Shawn

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