Aaron Curry: When Good Becomes Great

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2009

He stands just under 6'2'', and weighs north of 250 pounds. In his final season at Wake Forest, he dominated opponents enough that he earned a spot among college football's elite. In the eyes of most analysts, he was the best outside linebacker in college football in 2008.

Aaron Curry is a solid linebacker.

At the NFL's combine, he tied for the best vertical leap among outside linebackers and had the best broad jump. He was a beast.

Aaron Curry is a big, strong young man.

He ran a 4.56 in the 40 yard dash.

Let's put that in some perspective. That time would have been in the top five running backs at the combine, and was in the neighborhood of many of the cornerbacks considered likely first round picks (the consensus top corner in this class, Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins, ran a 4.54).

Aaron Curry is a big, strong young man...who can fly.

At a combine that saw a handful of other top prospects, like Texas' Brian Orakpo and USC's Rey Maualuga, go down with injuries, Curry stood above the masses.

Other players in the mix to be taken at the top of the draft certainly didn't distinguish themselves. Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree broke news of an injury that could cost him as much as 10 weeks of time, while Alabama's Andre Smith simply disappeared.

Pundits will argue about the significance of measurements and numbers that come from the combine every year and how they translate into the professional game. But one fact cannot be disputed: amidst mediocrity it becomes easy to become great. At the 2009 NFL Draft Combine, a lot of players were mediocre. Curry was really, really good. Exceptional in fact.

When placed in the context of the rest of this draft class, Aaron Curry became great.