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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)
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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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.

What say ye, AP?


Previously (with approval results)...

1. Indianapolis Colts - Baylor QB Robert Griffin III (42%)

2. Washington Redskins - Stanford QB Andrew Luck (72%)

3. Minnesota Vikings - USC OT Matt Kalil (89%)

4. Cleveland Browns - Alabama RB Trent Richardson (70%)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LSU CB Morris Claiborne (84%)

6. St. Louis Rams - Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (91%)

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Stanford G David DeCastro (33%)

8. Miami Dolphins - Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill (73%)

9. Carolina Panthers - South Carolina LB/DE Melvin Ingram (Forgot to do a poll)

10. Buffalo Bills - Stanford OT Jonathan Martin (73%)

11. Kansas City Chiefs - LSU DT Michael Brockers (35%)

12. Seattle Seahawks - Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (66%)

13. Arizona Cardinals - Iowa T Riley Reiff (88%)

14. Dallas Cowboys - North Carolina DE Quinton Coples (68%)

15. Philadelphia Eagles - Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox (79%)

16. New York Jets - Alabama DE/LB Courtney Upshaw (83%)

17. Cincinnati Bengals - Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd (68%)

18. San Diego Chargers - Penn State DT Devon Still (42%)

19. Chicago Bears - Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick (51%)

20. Tennessee Titans - South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore (63%)

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Georgia OL Cordy Glenn (64%)

22. Cleveland Browns - Arizona QB Nick Foles (21%)

23. Detroit Lions - Alabama S Mark Barron (67%)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Memphis NT Dontari Poe (62%)

25. Denver Broncos -- Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy (64%)

26. Houston Texans -- Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill (68%)

27. New England Patriots - North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins (58%)

28. Green Bay Packers - Illinois OLB/DE Whitney Mercilus (70%)

29. Baltimore Ravens - LSU WR Rueben Randle (34%)

30. San Francisco 49ers - Stanford TE Coby Fleener (46%)

31. New England Patriots - USC OLB Nick Perry (64%)

32. New York Giants - Baylor WR Kendall Wright (48%)

33. St. Louis Rams - Ohio State LT Mike Adams (77%)

34. Indianapolis Colts - South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery (Forgot to do a poll)

35. Minnesota Vikings - Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower (62%)

36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Nebraska LB Lavonte David (71%)

37. Cleveland Browns - Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler (65%)

38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu (72%)

39. St. Louis Rams - Boise State LB Shea McClellin (59%)

40. Carolina Panthers - Clemson DT Brandon Thompson (65%)

41. Buffalo Bills - Oregon RB LaMichael James (34%)

42. Miami Dolphins - Boise State RB Doug Martin (26%)

43. Seattle Seahawks - Marshall DE Vinny Curry