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2015 NFL DRAFT

Vinny Curry, DE

School: Marshall  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Neptune, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 266 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 2/59 - Vinny Curry, DE, 6-3, 266, Marshall...Curry was strictly a best-player-on-the-board pick. They insist they weren't in the market for another d-end. But Curry is a nice fit for Jim Washburn's wide-nine. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DE Vinny Curry, Marshall -- Potentially the steal of the second round -- and another wakeup call to 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham -- Curry was the No. 43-rated prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He's a playmaker off the edge who had 11 sacks seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for loss in 2011.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 35. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall: Curry was every bit as productive against Conference USA talent as one might expect from a possible first round talent, recording an eye-popping 77 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three blocked kicks as a senior. There is some question as to if the 6-3, 266 pound Curry has the agility and recognition to handle converting to outside linebacker in the 3-4 but if 4-3 teams are willing to overlook his less than ideal size, they'll certainly be happy with Curry's natural pass rush skills and high-revving motor. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - 03/20/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall: In today's NFL, teams cannot have enough pass rushers on the roster, pushing defensive ends up boards on draft weekend. Curry might benefit from this notion, but his performance at his pro day is the biggest reason for his draft stock boost. After very average numbers at the Combine last month, including a 4.92 time in the 40-yard dash, Curry improved on almost all of his numbers at Marshall's pro day. He ran a 4.64 and 4.69 in the 40-yard dash, telling those in attendance that he knew he was faster than the 4.9 time he ran in Indianapolis. Curry also produced very good results in the vertical jump (35") and bench press (28) after not lifting in Indianapolis because of a wrist injury. With a strong resume, including 22.0 tackles-for-loss and 11.0 sacks last year, and his strong workouts, it wouldn't be a shock to see Curry sneak into the initial 32 picks of the draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - Joan C. Edwards Stadium is a silent arena this week. Departed Marshall University players had their day with the NFL scouts last week. Current players won't start spring practice until Tuesday. But the Thundering Herd football program is benefiting as you read. Thanks, Vinny Curry. In his Marshall lid and Conference USA polo, Herd head coach Doc Holliday watched his former star defensive end go through workouts on MU's Pro Day. More than 15 NFL teams were on hand to study every move of the 6-foot-3, 266-pound Curry. He wowed them all, racing to a 4.64-second finish in the 40-yard dash, bench pressing 225 pounds 28 times and recording a 35-inch vertical leap. Holliday nodded (and smiled) in approval. When Curry's stock rises, so does that of the All-American's alma mater. "It helps us," Holliday said. "Kids today, they all have that dream of playing in the NFL. I want kids to have that dream. It's important for me that we recruit kids here that all have big dreams and expectations because our expectations and dreams and standards are extremely high. We're not going to lower our standards for anybody and I don't want these kids to, either. So it's great to see. "Everything's on ESPN now. Everything's on TV whether it be the Combine or workouts or whatever, and they're constantly talking about these pro prospects. "So any time that 'M' on the helmet goes up on the screen and they're talking about Marshall or Vinny Curry, it helps us." - Andrew Ramspacher, The Herald-Dispatch

03/17/2012 - Will Curry be able to move to outside linebacker? Maybe. Maybe not. But if he can't, it won't be because of any of the reasons the analysts list. It will be because Curry simply doesn't want to play that position. If he does want to, then he will channel his inner "Ric Flair" and succeed. I know this to be true about Vinny Curry. As do Marshall fans who have witnessed his heart and determination first-hand. My confidence in Curry is based on two prime examples. Remember Henry Dickerson? The former Marshall assistant basketball coach was once an NAIA All-American while playing for Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston). Dickerson was a muscular 6-foot-4, 225-pound center who was a beast on the block, but couldn't shoot outside 10 feet. Well, guess what he did? Dickerson worked so hard, so diligently, so fervently to develop perimeter ball-handling and shooting skills, he spent three seasons in the NBA (1975-77) as a guard for Detroit and Atlanta. Nobody thought he could do it, but he did. Remember Albert McClellan? Well, of course you do. When the former Marshall star defensive end signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent, Herd fans merely hoped he could win a roster spot. After all, McClellan was an under-sized defensive end who didn't possess the experience or athleticism to play linebacker. Or so everyone thought. Just ask his former coach, Bobby Pruett. "How many people ever believed Albert would be a starting middle linebacker in the NFL?" asked Pruett with a knowing chuckle. "Nobody." Yet, there McClellan was last season, starting in the middle for the Ravens' linebacker corps. McClellan wanted it that badly. Dickerson wanted it that badly. And, now, Curry wants it that badly. Just like the other two examples, Vinny Curry will do whatever it takes to succeed. Believe that and ignore the experts. - Chuck Landon, Huntington Herald Dispatch

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall, 6-3, 266, 2...Here is that potential pass-rusher with a knack for causing fumbles, which is one of the most valuable talents on defense. Curry is strong and relentless off the edge, and so intent on getting to the passer that he is often too upright and vulnerable to a quick cut block. But he can get down and dirty with a decent bull rush and uses his strong hands well. Curry was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he had 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss. After a great high school career, Curry went to Cincinnati's Harmony Community School in 2007 to prep for college. He played only seven games as a true freshman, then began to show up as a sophomore and finished his career with 26 sacks, 49 tackles for a loss and 10 forced fumbles. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

03/15/2012 - 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 andprior 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." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/15/2012 - 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 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 beensome concern that perhaps Marshall would have to make the switch tooutside 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/14/2012 - On Wednesday, Curry, along with 11 other former Thundering Herd players, will participate in MU's Pro Day at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The event, which will begin around 10 a.m., and is expected to have a bevy of NFL scouts in attendance, is closed to the media and the public. For Curry, a potential first round pick come April's NFL Draft, Pro Day will be an opportunity to improve his stock stemming from his Combine performance on Feb. 27. The 6-foot-3, 266-pounder held his own among others at his position in nearly every drill in Indy ... except the much-analyzed 40-yard dash. Despite a fast start of 1.68 seconds in the initial 10-yard split, Curry finished with a time of just 4.98 seconds. "The back-end," he said. "I don't know what happened on the back-end. But you know, no time for excuses. I'm going to come do it again." His goal? "I'm trying to get in the 4.7 range," Curry said. Also missing from his Combine report is a try at the bench press. Because of a sprained wrist suffered at the Senior Bowl, Curry opted to postpone his stab at repping 225 pounds X amount of times. Wednesday, he'll give it a go. "As long as I get over 20 (reps)," Curry said. "This is like my second week benching. I'm like 90 percent." - Andrew Ramspacher, The Herald-Dispatch

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 59. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall, 6-3, 265, 2...Here is that potential pass rusher every team is seeking. Curry is strong and relentless off the edge, and so intent on getting to the passer that he is often too upright and vulnerable to a quick cut block. However, he can get down and dirty with a decent bull rush and uses his strong hands well. Curry was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he had 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss. After a great high school career, Curry went to Cincinnati's Harmony Community School in 2007 to prep for college. He played only seven games as a true freshman, then began to show up as a sophomore and finished his career with 26 sacks, 49 tackles for a loss and 10 forced fumbles. And it was difficult to get all the way through this recap without a single "Yo, Vinny!" - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

12/16/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL-Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall, has been selected All-Conference USA First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's 12 head football. Curry (Neptune, N.J.), also a captain and a midseason All-American according to Phil Steele, is a candidate for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honor. He was in the running for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player), the Chuck Bednarik Awards (nation's best defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi Awards (nation's best lineman) this season and ranks second nationally 21.5 tackles for loss, tied for second with six forced fumbles and is tied for fifth with 11.0 sacks this season. He is also the NCAA's active leader in career tackles for loss with 48.0, is second in career sacks among active student-athletes with 26.5 and ranks seventh in career forced fumbles with nine. He earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors after the win over Rice and National Defensive Lineman honors after the win over Southern Miss. The 6-4 lineman has also been invited to the 2011 Senior Bowl. - Marshall football

12/07/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marshall senior DE Vinny Curry becomes the second Thundering Herd player to win that honor, joining DE Albert McClellan in 2006. A finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, Curry is second nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss, tied for second nationally with six forced fumbles and tied for fifth with 11 sacks. His 48.0 career tackles for loss is also tops among all active FBS student-athletes, while his 26.5 sacks rank him seventh. The senior captain also has 72 tackles on the season, one fumble recovery, three blocked extra points and one tackle for safety. Curry, who was also selected to the 2012 Senior Bowl, was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week following his 4.0 TFL, 3.5 sack performance in the 24-20 homecoming win over Rice on Oct. 15. - Conference USA football

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall DE Vinny Curry had another monster game in the win over Rice, racking up nine tackles, which included four tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, to go with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. All four of the sacks Curry had a hand in came on third down, effectively killing each drive in the process. Another one of his quarterback pressures resulted in a Rice fumble that Curry himself recovered at the Owls' 25-yard line. Finally, his strip of Rice RB Sam McGuffie set up the Herd offense at the Rice 23 with 3:31 left, with the Herd facing a 20-17 deficit. Marshall got the game-winning score five plays later on a four-yard Tron Martinez scamper. On the season, Curry leads the nation in tackles for loss with 17 and is second with 9.5 sacks. His contributions have helped the Herd rank first nationally as a team with 67 tackles for loss. - Conference USA football

09/22/2011 - The blitzing defense that Marshall lives and, yes, dies by has to do a better job of disguising blitzes. Ohio's read and react offense read the blitz, looked to the sideline for the call and, then, usually ran the perfect play to beat that particular blitz. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We ran the same play 15 times." - Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton, revealing Marshall's lack of defensive adjustments. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Marshall at West Virginia, Sept. 4 - The vitriolic hype has been overwhelming from the WVU side as expectations have sky-rocketed for Holgerson's debut. An off-season comment of "hanging 70 points on Marshall" has become a motivational theme inside the Herd locker room. WVU is favored by 20.5 points. KEYS TO THE GAME: Marshall's defense has to disrupt WVU's rhythm offense from the outset and take the 60,000 Mountaineer fans out of the game emotionally. Otherwise, the game could turn into an avalanche. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Vinny Curry - The senior is the Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, after leading the league in sacks (12) last season. He has to apply consistent pressure on WVU quarterback Geno Smith. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - Vinny Curry, who was selected as the C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was chagrined at not being able to attend the conference media day. "Ever since I joined the team," said the senior, "I wanted to be that guy that goes down there." The Curry-led defense is expected to be one of the best in Conference USA, if the embattled offense doesn't keep it on the field too much. Senior Delvin Johnson returns at nose tackle, while rising stars Marques Aiken and Brandon Sparrow will line up beside him. The strong-side linebacker spot is vacant alongside Tyson Gale in the middle and Devin Arrington at weak-side. Depth could be an issue unless some newcomers step up. The secondary is, perhaps, the team's greatest strength led by senior standout free safety Omar Brown. QUOTE TO NOTE: "That sort of lets us know what everyone thinks about us. It encourages us to work even harder about where we want to go. That's good material there." Curry, referring to the Tulsa World poll. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - There was never any doubt in Head Coach Doc Holliday's mind who the captains would be this season. "It was unanimous who the team wanted as its leaders," said Holliday. "These guys have set standards that will serve as a benchmark for their teammates. I am looking forward to watching these young men lead the Thundering Herd during the 2011 season." Safety, Omar Brown was the team's third-leading tackler in last season with 88. He also had three interceptions and five pass breakups. Defensive End, Vinny Curry led all defensive linemen last season with 94 tackles -- 12 were quarterback sacks. He has a number of preseason accolades as well. Curry was named preseason 2011 C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and also named to the following watch lists: the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski Awards, which are given annually to the nation's best defensive player. Tyson Gale, a linebacker, played in all 12 games last season -- starting eight. He had 46 tackles, three tackles for loss and one pass breakup. Ryan Tillman is the Herd's left tackle. Tillman helped the Herd average 347 yards of total offense over the last five games of 2010 while gaining victories in four of those last five. - WOWK TV 13

08/11/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): DL Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall, has been selected to the Preseason All-Conference USA Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's coaches. Curry, a first-team All-Conference USA selection a season ago, returns as one of the top defensive players in the country. As a junior, Curry led all defensive linemen in the FBS with 94 stops while accumulating 12 sacks, fifth in the nation. - Marshall football

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Vinny Curry, Marshall, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Curry, a first-team All-Conference USA selection a season ago, returns as one of the top defensive players in the country. As a junior, Curry led all defensive linemen in the FBS with 94 stops while accumulating 12 sacks, fifth in the nation. - Marshall football

07/28/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON C-USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Marshall University senior defensive end Vinny Curry has been named the Conference USA preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a poll by the league's 12 head coaches. Curry, a first-team All-Conference USA selection a season ago, returns as one of the top defensive players in the country. As a junior, Curry led all defensive linemen in the FBS with 94 stops while accumulating 12 sacks, fifth in the nation. Earlier this month, Curry was named to the preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. The 12 head football coaches in C-USA voted in the poll, which also saw Curry named to the defensive First Team. Houston quarterback Case Keenum was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Damaris Johnson, Tulsa's senior return specialist, was named preseason Special Teams Player of the Year. - Marshall football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall, (1st Team All-CUSA, 5th in the nation with 12 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Vinny Curry, Marshall, DE, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Curry, a First Team All-Conference USA selection as a junior, led Conference USA with 12 sacks last season. He also garnered 18 tackles for a loss, second in C-USA and tops on the Thundering Herd. - Marshall football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Vinny Curry, Marshall, DE, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Curry, a First Team All-Conference USA selection as a junior, led Conference USA with 12 sacks last season. He also garnered 18 tackles for a loss, second in C-USA and tops on the Thundering Herd. - Marshall football

 
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 2/59 - Vinny Curry, DE, 6-3, 266, Marshall...Curry was strictly a best-player-on-the-board pick. They insist they weren't in the market for another d-end. But Curry is a nice fit for Jim Washburn's wide-nine. - The Sports Xchange

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