Scouting Combine: The Aaron Curry Or Mark Sanchez Debate Is Over In KC

Charles PennContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

Aaron Curry and Mark Sanchez were able to display their talents at the NFL Scouting Combine this year. Both of these guys impressed NFL scouts, but in the Kansas City Chiefs sweepstakes, there is a clear cut winner.

Sanchez made all the possible throws during quarterback drills, so he was able to keep his stock up for the upcoming NFL Draft. He showed great mechanics, athleticism, and footwork to make throws whether it was a short, intermediate, or long pass.

On the other hand, Aaron Curry clearly had the best combine out of all the future rookies that participated.

Curry showed blazing speed for a linebacker as he ran a 4.56 in the 40 time, which is the fastest among the linebacker class. Curry also had a 37 in. vertical jump, a 10 ft, 4 in. broad jump, and ran a 11.35 during the 60-yard shuffle.

He showed great footwork and coverage skills as well, proving that he can be a great play-making linebacker. He is projected to be the third overall first-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs need to take consideration and draft this guy. There is a good chance that this could happen due to GM Scott Pioli's recent history of the NFL Draft.

Pioli has never taken a quarterback early in the draft, so that should give Chiefs fans a sigh of relief. The Chiefs have quarterback issues to deal with as well, but Kansas City should make Tyler Thigpen the starter.

Thigpen has the potential to be a good quarterback in the NFL, he just needs to learn not to lock on a target for a long period of time (See: Tony Gonzalez).

Curry can help the Chiefs linebacking core be more productive on the defensive side of the ball. He is a tackling machine and an outstanding playmaker, and ran back three interceptions for touchdowns during his college playing career at Wake Forest.

Curry, Derrick Johnson and Demorrio Williams will be a good tandem for a Chiefs defense that was near the top in takeaways, but near the bottom in sacks and third-down defense.

However, it is rumored that the Lions might take a chance and draft Curry as the No. 1 Overall Pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

After the combine, Curry had lunch with some of the members of the Detroit Lions organization as they could possibly take some consideration in building a defense around Aaron Curry and Ernie Sims.

The last time that a linebacker has been selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft was back in 1988 when the Atlanta Falcons selected Aundray Bruce.

Since then, linebackers usually do not get picked in the top 10.

A.J. Hawk has been the only linebacker to get selected in the top five since 2001. I think the trend will end this year as there should be no chance that Curry slips out of the top five.

Aaron Curry should have a right to be celebrating at this moment, it is just a matter of which team will draft him.

Chiefs fans need to pray that he slips into the third spot and for GM Scott Pioli to make the right call and welcome him to the Kansas City Chiefs organization. If he arrives in Kansas City, will he be the next Derrick Thomas?

Nobody knows, but Aaron Curry will make a huge impact on the Chiefs for years to come.