Ah, the 2009 NFL draft. Certainly one the Kansas City Chiefs (and the rest of the NFL) probably want to forget. Leading up to the draft, there was definitely a large segment of Chiefs fans that were pushing for Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry. 'Good defenses have good pass rushers,' was the common thought process on that one.
We all know what happened. The Chiefs took DE Tyson Jackson with the third pick and the Seahawks took Curry with the fourth pick.
So was it the right move to pass on Curry? We'll let a couple of Seahawks fans from Field Gulls weigh in on the topic:
He didn't live up to his pick last year. This year he started out the same, but in the last couple of weeks he’s had some great flashes of what he should be. Hopefully he’ll be an elite LB sooner than later.
It looks like we’re trying to give him some more pass-rushing duties, letting him use his speed/strength to good use. He’s still learning (racking up a fair amount of encroachment/offsides penalties), but he may end up being a nice bookend to Clemons.
Translation: He hasn't lived up to the hype...yet.
For KC, passing on Curry was probably the best move (but doesn't necessarily mean the Jackson pick was the right move(. The Chiefs were set at
outside inside linebacker in 2009 and 2010 -- Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel Derrick Johnson, Jovan Belcher, Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays -- and Curry hasn't shown he was worth the gamble.