2015 NFL DRAFT

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

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
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 thefirst round.

His chances at doing so seemed to be improved witha solid performanceduring 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 beensome concern that perhaps Marshall would have to make the switch tooutside linebacker in the3-4.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" verticaljump that frankly looked pretty average in comparison to South Carolina'sMelvin Ingram,Southern Cal's Nick Perry and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus.

Curry'sprimary competition at defensive end this year certainly werenot 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 tohis vertical jump (35") and perform in the bench pressdrill for the first time. Currydid not lift at the Combine citing a wrist injury. He answered any questionsscouts had about his upper body strength by posting 28 reps of 225 pounds, Thursday.

Currycitednerves as a primary reason why his Combine workouts wereless 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 forMarshall's Pro Day called Curry's workout "vastly improved" from his Combine performance and more in line with what he'd seen out ofConference USA's Defensive Player of the Year in Mobile andprior to the season.

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

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