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)
Representing the Seattle Seahawks, misterbrain with the 43rd pick in Arrowhead Pride's 2012 NFL mock draft...
Just going to come out and say it this time. With the 43rd pick of the 2012 AP Mock Draft, misterbrain selects Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall.
I lost the player that I had my eye on for this spot when the Patriots "reached" for Nick Perry from USC. While he is listed as an OLB, he definitely could fit that hybrid DE/OLB mold that would complement what Seattle is trying to do so well. However, those Patriots are up to their crafty ways again. (I'm convinced that they secretly taped my war room discussions about who I wanted to draft here.)
So to help with this extremely difficult decision*, I focused solely on the position of greatest need for the Seahawks, which is a pass rusher. If you haven't read it yet, please take a look at this excellent post by SillyHatDay before reading further.
*This pick was made extremely difficult by the fact that my normal draft advisor (with whom I discuss draft strategies (both fantasy and mock) in general)** deciding that he was unavailable for our weekly chess game because I had the "audacity" to play online, where I happen to find the large pool of players welcoming and a nice change of pace. Seems he was upset about having to change the night that we usually play since I was involved in some online tournaments. Claiming that things "would never be the same" if we played less frequently and/or on a different night, he vowed never to play again. (Ironically, I'm a KU fan, and he is a Missouri fan)
** Not sure if you can include a parenthetical thought inside another parenthetical thought, but I just did, so deal with it. Also, I guess I just put a footnote on a footnote, too. Imagine that.
So from that, I looked at all of the pass rushers still available, and looked for someone who fit the mold. Curry meets all the criteria: He had 11 sacks in his final year of college, he is 6'3" and is listed at 266 lbs. His wingspan is 32 3/4", so while not extremely long, he at least passes the benchmark. His 4.92 40 time at the combine was uncharacteristic, and he ran a sub 4.7 at Marshall's pro day, so speed doesn't seem to be a concern.
In fact, after reviewing the information here, it almost seems like those Patriots did me a favor. Curry seems much more consistent, and his game tape is pretty good when compared to Perry. I didn't have a chance to link up to any, but I'm sure you can find some.
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