Under The Microscope: A Word with First Round Pick Aaron Curry
Many times the NFL Draft can be a hit or miss event. More often then not, players drafted in the first round never reach their complete potential.
Aaron Curry does not seem to be one of those players.
With the fourth overall pick in the 2009 Draft, the Seattle Seahawks landed a gem at outside linebacker—and possibly the best overall player in the draft with Aaron Curry.
The former Wake Forest linebacker will immediately fill the void left by the departure of Julian Peterson.
If I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Curry, here are a few questions that I would address to the rookie:
What were your thoughts when you found out you were going to be drafted by the Seattle Seahawks?
I would like to know how he felt about the team ahead of time. It would be interesting to here his thoughts on the draft process as well as the new team he will be playing for.
What do you feel will be the biggest transition from the college game to the professional level?
A question like this would provoke a detailed response. I would imagine he would touch base on the difference in speed from one level to another, the difference in schemes, and the overall learning curve that must take place right away.
Are you prepared to become a starting outside linebacker immediately for this defense? Why?
Many times people make the mistake of assuming that a player drafted in the first round has the confidence and ability to start right away in the NFL. This can be the downfall of many players and teams. I would like to here his take on his playing ability and how well he feels it will translate to Sunday afternoons.
What are some of the lessons that you have learned while working along side both Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill? How have they been able to mentor you?
This would be an interesting question because I want to know how well the linebackers work together, both on and off of the field. I would like to hear about the different pieces of advice both Lofa and Leroy provided for him as far as playing at the pro level and how he should conduct himself off of the field.
Is there pressure that comes along with being a top-five pick, and how have you been able to handle it?
I think what is critical here is to see if he is human or not. Many times a young guy will roll the idea of being a top pick off of his shoulders, which never is a good idea. Seeing how well he accepts it and uses it as a tool to make him a great player will be interesting.
How big of a cultural change has it being moving from North Carolina to Seattle?
Many times a big move like that can take a toll on a young player because it is the first time they will not be close to any family or friends. This could affect their play on and off the field.
I believe that these questions would address the major questions that not only myself, but the general public would have about Aaron Curry. Fans want to make sure that a player being guaranteed that much money will be worth it for a long time.
It was not long ago when Seattle drafted a "sure thing" in linebacker Brian Bosworth from Oklahoma. Seattle fans remember that all too well.
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