2012 NFL Draft: Vinny Curry Is Buffalo Bills' Answer in Second Round

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2012

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22:  Defensive lineman Vinny Curry #99 of the Marshall Thundering Herd lines up against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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If the Buffalo Bills opt against selecting a pass-rusher with their No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Vinny Curry is definitely a prospect worthy of their second round selection. 

A four-year player as a member of the Marshall Thundering Herd, the 6'3" 266-pounder has recently shot up draft boards after a stellar collegiate career in which he recorded 112 tackles—49 of which for a loss—26.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 32 quarterback hurries. 

Curry is a perfect fit for the Bills' hybrid 4-3 defense they will be utilizing this upcoming season, as he is a natural defensive end, but has the body type to stand up and play outside linebacker in the 3-4 or nickel situations. 

In his junior campaign, he led the nation in tackles by a defensive lineman with 94, adding 12 sacks. 

Watching some film of Curry, it's evident that he can set the edge and has a burst of explosiveness off the ball. He has a strong bull rush and doesn't stop until the whistle blows.

He can sometimes get caught off balance in his pass rush, but his relentlessness makes him successful more often than not. 

Another pro on Curry for the Bills is his ability to stop the run. He doesn't give up on plays, and hustles to chase down running backs and is instinctive enough to read and react to plays. 

Curry is unique in that he can use both speed and strength to beat blockers, as he comes off the snap quickly, and with force. 

With Buddy Nix's statement earlier in the week that the draft was stockpiled with pass-rushers in the middle rounds, Curry could be the player he covets.