"Vastly improved" Pro Day workout could push Marshall's Curry into Top 32

One might think that by earning himself a spot on virtually every All-American team by way of posting 77 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three blocked kicks that Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry had already secured himself a spot in the first round. 

 His chances at doing so seemed to be improved with a solid performance during the Senior Bowl week of practice and the game, itself.
At just a shade shorter (6-3) and lighter (266 pounds) than scouts would prefer at defensive end, however, there had been some concern that perhaps Marshall would have to make the switch to outside linebacker in the 3-4. His first chance at proving to teams that he could make this transition came at the Combine, where Curry struggled with a 4.98 time in the 40-yard dash and a 32" vertical jump that frankly looked pretty average in comparison to South Carolina's Melvin Ingram, Southern Cal's Nick Perry and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus

Curry's primary competition at defensive end this year certainly were not on hand at Marshall's Pro Day Thursday. Fortunately for Curry, plenty of scouts were.

They saw Curry shave more than three-tenths of a second off of his time in the 40-yard dash (4.64, 4.69) as well as add three inches to his vertical jump (35") and perform in the bench press drill for the first time. Curry did not lift at the Combine citing a wrist injury. He answered any questions scouts had about his upper body strength by posting 28 reps of 225 pounds, Thursday.
Curry cited nerves as a primary reason why his Combine workouts were less than impressive.

"Everybody knew how rattled I was at the Combine," Curry told Andrew Ramspacher of the West Virginia Herald-Dispatch. "I was kind of out of my comfort zone a little bit. But, you know, I'm a competitor so to come here and chop a 4.9 40 down to a 4.64 and a 4.69, it's unbelievable.

"I knew I was faster than that when I ran at the Combine. But, you know, you have your doubters out there. But I proved them wrong. ... It's definitely been a great day."
One talent evaluator on hand for Marshall's Pro Day called Curry's workout "vastly improved" from his Combine performance and more in line with what he'd seen out of Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year in Mobile and prior to the season. 

"He's a good player so [the Pro Day workout] isn't that surprising."

Asked if Curry's workout solidified a first round grade, the source only replied, "That wouldn't be surprising, either."      

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