So where did he go wrong?
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com asks himself that question in going back and looking at how he evaluated linebacker Aaron Curry three years ago heading into the 2009 draft.
Like most everyone else, Rang had Curry pegged as a future Pro Bowl linebacker at the next level. But Rang said he simply missed on Curry. What he perceived as an instinctive linebacker (Curry finished with six interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns), he mistook for a player who’s athleticism masked the mistakes he made on the field.
Rang: “there were warning signs. Curry displayed a troubling tendency to over-run plays even in college. This has been a problem in Seattle, as well. Too often, he’s been in position to make the play, but has over-pursued and allowed a cutback lane or bitten hard on play-action and been beaten. This fact led to some (including long-time NFLDraftScout.com draft biographer Dave Te Thomas) to question how well Curry would handle NFL speed playing outside linebacker in a 4-3.”
As Rang points out, his colleague Te Thomas believed that Curry would be better as an inside linebacker in a 3-4, and compared him to Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson, who struggled as an outside linebacker in a 4-3, but became a productive player when the Chiefs moved him to inside linebacker in their 3-4 alignment.
Here is his evaluation of Curry heading into the draft three years ago:
“Like the Chiefs finally realized with Johnson, hopefully the NFL team that drafts Curry will do likewise and play him in the middle. He has very good athleticism making plays in front of him, but bites often on play-action, lacks good depth playing in the zone and is a bit too stiff to generate the sideline-to-sideline range to make impact plays on the outside, where he struggles to stop the runner’s forward momentum. He can clog the rush lanes when he stays low in his pads. Put him inside in a 3-4 alignment and he can be equally productive getting to the quarterback as he did in college. Play him on the outside and he will be exposed in a quick and deep passing game.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes that Curry made some plays during practice on Wednesday – on the scout team. Boling says Curry’s demotion was deserved, and that he was just beat out by a guy playing better than him right now in rookie K.J. Wright.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report from Wednesday’s practice.
More Farnsworth: Lost in the Curry story has been K.J. Wright’s ascension to the starting lineup.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers some cool photos from last week’s game.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com talks to receiver Mike Williams, who says he’s focused on getting back to work and is not concerned about his lack of targets last week because his team won. He doesn’t want to be a distraction.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Seahawks losing at home to Atlanta 33-13.
Greg Hanson of the Arizona Daily Star reports that Joe Tofflemire, a first-team All-Pac-10 center for Arizona draft in the second round by Seattle in 1989, has passed away at the age of 46.
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports counts Seattle as one of the losers in free agency because of the play of Tarvaris Jackson, and injuries to Sidney Rice and Robert Gallery.
Jack Bechta of the National Football Post wonders would an NFL general manager actually plot to make his team bad enough so that he can select Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Bechta says that could backfire with Luck having another year of college eligibility. If he doesn’t like the situation of the team with the No. 1 pick, he could always choose to stay in college for another year.