Vinny Curry to Eagles: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Ryan Alfieri@Ryan_AlfieriCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 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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In just about every draft, there seems to be a small-school prospect that goes on to impress at the NFL level. Vinny Curry has a great chance to be that player in 2012. 

Curry is a terror off the edge as a pass-rusher, evidenced by the 11 sacks in 13 games for the Thundering Herd in 2011. 

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports breaks down Curry as a prospect:

Because of his speed and gap versatility at the college level, some may try to buy into Curry as a pure 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's really a pass-rushing specialist with impressive run-defending ability...His one scheme-transcendent asset -- demon speed off the edge -- should translate very well to the NFL.

For how impressive he can be at times, he will always carry the small-school tag. As unfair as it may seem, the reality is that many players, especially pass-rushers, struggle to replicate their production against such a jump in competition. 

For evidence, see Larry English's production since he was drafted by the Chargers in the first round three years ago out of Northern Illinois.

Because of his size, the 6'4", 252-pound Curry would be utilized best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. 

As a result, Curry will take some time adjusting to the pro game, and unless there is an injury or a desperate need at the position, he will likely be used in a rotational role early on. As he develops, he can evolve from a rotational player to a full-time 'backer. 

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Don't let the his small school-affiliation fool you, Curry is a workhorse who can make QBs like Tony Romo have really bad Sunday's in the ultra-competitive NFC East. 

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