HOOVER, Ala. -- The other side knows it, too. Since it joined the SEC, South Carolina has usually had Georgia as its first conference opponent. As such, the Bulldogs represent a chance to get off to a terrific start in the league, which transcends the simple geographical rivalry. The Gamecocks...[details]
Personal: Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and Class AAAAA First Team Defense… Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA All-State Team…UGASports.com #19 overall prospect in Georgia…Rivals.com No. 16 Linebacker in the nation…named Gwinnett County Linebacker of the Year as a junior… Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star selection…also saw action at running back…High School Coach: Mark Crews.
Curran showcases a great first step and makes his way toward the ball carrier like an absolute missile. He exhibits impressive range and delivers a powerful pop as a tackler. He plays with natural leverage does a great job exploding through his hips and driving his legs on contact. He's a secure wrap-up tackler. He displays the awareness to avoid linemen and cleanly play off blocks inside and consistently sidesteps linemen and makes his way down the line and/or toward the ball. Curran breaks down well in space, is a guy who redirects quickly and showcases the body control to consistently take proper angles toward the ball. He always keeps his feet under him and never seems to be overextended when trying to change directions. He does a nice job dropping his pad level on contact when run at but struggles shedding blocks once linemen get into his frame. He's fluid in his drop and does a nice job keeping his feet under him and getting in and out of his breaks. He changes directions cleanly and looks comfortable in zone coverage. Curran is graceful and fluid in the open field and likes to keep his eyes on the backfield to anticipate throws. He exhibits good instincts in all areas of the game and consistently puts himself in position to make a play. He diagnoses run/pass keys quickly and is a proactive player. He always seems to be the first defender closing on the play. Curran lacks ideal size and can be swallowed up and bullied inside the tackles. He's a bit scheme-limited at the next level and looks like a run-and-hit linebacker who will need to play in more of a Cover 2 scheme, but he's simply a player and not someone I'd want to bet against as a future starter in the NFL.