Seattle Seahawks Do Right Thing by Picking Aaron Curry

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Seattle Seahawks Do Right Thing by Picking Aaron Curry
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Seattle president Tim Ruskell gave a little hint of which way he planned to go when he said this week that the Seahawks wanted to draft someone who could contribute right away.

It couldn’t have worked any better as the Kansas City Chiefs picked defensive end Tyson Jackson with the third pick, leaving the Seahawks with the best player for them—Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. The Butkus Award winner has largely been considered the safest pick in the draft, and he is the best pick for the Seahawks.

Curry will immediately step into Julian Peterson’s old spot, becoming the third member of a still-formidable Seattle linebacking trio that also includes Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill.

The Seahawks were smart to pass on quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Michael Crabtree and take a stud linebacker who will team with Tatupu, if not Hill, for the next six years.

Using Ruskell’s criteria, Curry was the no-brainer choice for the Hawks. He was a four-year starter in a big conference who had great production and possesses impeccable character (he invited a 12-year-old leukemia survivor to New York to be with him at the draft).

Forget the silly arguments that Curry hasn’t shown he can rush the passer; the 6-2, 254-pounder who runs a 4.52 40-yard dash will do what the Seahawks ask him to do.

And forget the silly complaint that the Seahawks are loading too much money into linebacker; teams pay their best players, and Curry should quickly become one of Seattle’s best players. Heck, the Hawks have over $17 million tied up in their top three receivers.

Curry also offers insurance in case the Seahawks can’t re-sign Hill after the 2009 season. And, he gives the Seahawks the leverage they lost when they traded Peterson. With Curry around, the Hawks aren’t backed into a corner in negotiations with Hill, who is playing for the one-year franchise tender of $8.3 million in 2009 and has already reportedly turned down a deal worth $6 million per year.

Even if the Hawks end up with Hill and Curry for just one year, they will still have Curry and Tatupu for the next six years.

The Seahawks passed on Sanchez and Crabtree because those guys didn’t have the experience the team covets, and they both had character and performance questions. Sanchez ended up going with the next pick as the New York Jets sent the 17th pick, their second-round pick and three players to Cleveland to get their next franchise quarterback.

Many Seahawk fans wanted to see Crabtree in Seattle, and they’ll get to—when he comes to play as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, who picked him 10th overall. All of those Seahawk fans will surely track his performances against the Seahawks over the next few years, while comparing the play of Curry.

But they won’t be disappointed. Curry is exactly what the Seahawks needed.

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