Texas defensive tackle Aaron Curry is on his way back home this afternoon after making an official visit to Iowa over the weekend. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Curry takes us through his two-day stay, which was his first trip to the Hawkeye State.[details]
The Good: A thickly built linebacker with good power in his upper and lower body. Is strong at the point of attack and does a nice job extending his arms and keeping blockers off his frame. Is very fluid in pass coverage. Showcases smooth footwork and clean redirect skills in space. Has impressive closing speed and consistently makes plays on the ball. A sideline-to-sideline athlete who will be one of the safest picks in the draft. The Bad: More of a wrap guy that a powerful hitter. Needs to do a better job reading and reacting quickly; at times will take a false step. Had the speed to get away with it at the college level.
Positives: Plays with a wide base and great power. Excellent weight-room work ethic and his body shows it. Thickly built and very, very strong, particularly at the point of attack. Blows up lead blockers and ragdolls linemen. Packs a punch in his powerful hands and uses them extremely well to stack and shed. Rips off blocks effortlessly. Drives through contact and is a physical tackler. Times blitzes and shows good closing burst to the ball. Very efficient in his movement - does not take false steps. Understands leverage and takes on blocks with the proper shoulder. Smart, instinctive and aware. Alert in coverage and handles tight ends with ease. Football savvy. Excellent character - highly motivated, driven and determined. Superproductive for a strong-side 'backer. Extremely versatile and can play any position in a "30" or "40" front. Put on a clinic at the Combine by pacing linebackers in the vertical jump (37 inches), broad jump (12 feet, 4 inches) and 60-yard shuttle (11.35) in addition to running an impressive 4.53 40-yard dash. Negatives: Lacks ideal length for a 3-4 rush linebacker and has little sack production. Shows some tightness in his hips and does not have outstanding lateral agility, which correlated in average shuttle times (equivalent to 40-time) at the Combine. Does not always bring his feet and drive through contact. Could play with more consistent knee bend, which can expose itself when tackling in the open field. Summary: Big, fast, explosive and incredibly strong-handed with outstanding intangibles, Curry is one of the top linebackers to come out of the draft in the last decade. The only knock might be his relative inexperience rushing the passer, as decision makers will have to gauge how heavily to invest in a linebacker who has not proven he can rush the passer on third down. Has the traits to play any position in any defense and could wind up playing inside in a 3-4 front. Should contribute immediately and make an impact. Grade: Top-10 cinch.