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Raiders trade for OLB Curry

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 1:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders traded for Seattle Seahakws outside linebacker Aaron Curry on Wednesday afternoon, less than a week before the trade deadline.
The Raiders gave up a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft and a conditional pick in the 2013 draft in exchange for Curry, who was selected with the No. 4 pick of the 2009 NFL draft, the same one in which the Raiders used the No. 7 pick on wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Curry cleaned out his locker Wednesday afternoon. He has not arrived in Alameda yet.

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  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Curry will be on the field come Sunday.
    _______

    # Thec07 Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I would not expect curry to suit up until ext week. doubt he can take over mike this soon…

  • mcskinnnylegs

    i ask cuz for all the hating i dont think groves has done that bad oh wait romac injured thats right

  • mcfadden20.

    Mcskinnnylegs Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    wonder if curry called zach miller and said later loser im goin to a winning team

    ______\\\___________________
    lol that would b so funny if he did …

  • DeuceDeuce

    On the cut bubble :

    27 Matt Giordano
    36 Ron Parker(PS)
    41 Manase Tonga(PS)
    28 Joe Porter

    Possibly to IR:

    82 Richard Gordon
    77 Matt Shaughnessy(Please God no)

    Gotta pick 2.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    bryant played well at d end, no pass rush but very solid against the run

  • mcfadden20.

    Mcskinnnylegs Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    i ask cuz for all the hating i dont think groves has done that bad oh wait romac injured thats right

    ___________________
    exactly my thought , he have been a pleasant surprise. Remember everybody was calling for his head in preseason

  • mcfadden20.

    Has

  • inonewordraider

    Analysis
    Positives: Strongly-built with long arms to keep himself off offensive linemen when playing against the run. Very smooth in pass drops, staying low in his backpedal and getting into depth at the proper angles. Good hands for the interception, and can break up passes using his hands or a big hit over the middle. Plays the nine-technique very well, ripping off the tackle’s block and getting to the ballcarrier on inside and outside runs. Also closes on the ball quickly when playing in the stack. Able to shed blocks and go through backs on blitzes. Will pop the fullback and create a pile to stuff inside runs. Shows good awareness on misdirection, quickly diagnosing plays and affecting the success of the play. Gets a lot of attention from opponents on special teams because of his size, speed and aggressiveness in kick return coverage.

    Negatives: A bit stiff in the upper body, he tends to succeed most in straight-line situations rather than changing directions quickly. Can get to the quarterback on the blitz but doesn’t always make the play. Doesn’t explode into tackles consistently, using his long arms to try and wrap up.

    Compares To: DERRICK JOHNSON, Kansas City — 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.

    Scouting Report
    GENERAL REPORT GRADE: 6.86

    Body Structure: Curry has a tall frame with good arm and leg length. He has broad shoulders and thick legs, demonstrating above average weight room and playing strength. He has thick thighs and calves and tight midsection, hips and waist.

    Athletic Ability: Curry has good quickness, feet and agility, with a strong straight-line burst, but lacks the fluid hips to generate quick lateral movement. He shows good acceleration closing on plays in front of him, but displays just adequate change of direction agility. He is a good athlete for the strong-side linebacker position, where he is best when working uncovered. He is a normal strider who plays with good knee bend, but shows some upper body stiffness that is evident when he fails to recover when over-pursuing on play-action fakes. GRADE: 7.0

    Football Sense: Curry is a field smart player that reads keys well, but shows some inconsistency with his instincts. He understands game situations, but can be fooled by misdirection and play-action fakes. He retain plays after normal reps, but must be more alert to side blocks, as tight ends have good success pushing him back inside, where he can be absorbed by the bigger offensive linemen. He does well in school (was suspended for part of the 2007 Navy game for missing classes) and the mental side of the game should not cause many problems, but he needs to take better angles in pursuit, as teams have success when bouncing their running game outside. GRADE: 6.2

    Character: Curry is very humble and polite off the field and has never had any trouble away from the game. He comes from a supportive family and has no known off-field issues. He is active within the community and is a good representative for the program. He recently showed his great character when he invited a 12-year-old leukemia victim to be his guest at the 2009 NFL Draft festivities in New York. GRADE: 7.2

    Competitiveness: Curry is a good competitor who plays with aggression, but can get a bit reckless in his play, taking sloppy pursuit angles. He takes pride in his leadership role and despite his blue chip status, is a very team-oriented player. He plays with nice effort and shows urgency running to the ball. He displays toughness taking on blocks, but needs to be more physical using his hands to prevent blockers from kicking him back inside when playing on the edge (susceptible to side blocks). GRADE: 6.8

    Work Habits: It is no secret that Curry spends quite a few hours in the weight room. He is a coachable sort who will take on any assignment the coaches ask. He is a self-made type that does the little extras on his own. It is not uncommon to find him putting in the extra hours in the film room, preparing for his next opponent. GRADE: 7.1

    ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 7.00

    Key and Diagnostic Skills: Curry is quick to read, but is inconsistent to react (sometimes takes that extra second to digest and is late to make a jump on the ball). When he gets into position in time, he will generally make the play. He gets fooled often by play-action and lacks great pass coverage skills, as short-area receivers had good success on him last year (on 45 plays vs. the pass, the opposition completed 32 throws (71.1 percent) for 239 yards and four touchdowns in 2008). He tracks the ball better vs. inside running plays than in pass coverage and needs to make better adjustments on the move. Once he locates the ball, he does a good job of closing with speed. Some scouts like him as a middle linebacker, citing a concern about his lateral range. He can close and impact from the outside, but he might be a more disruptive force attacking from the inside. He is capable of handling the mental aspect of making the calls and lining up his teammates. GRADE: 6.4

    Playing Strength and Explosion: Curry likes to line up close to the line of scrimmage, where he can use his explosion and burst to avoid blocks and cause havoc in the backfield. He has no problems when he has to face up, as he makes it tough for bigger blockers to handle him when he uses his athleticism to slip past linemen, but he needs to display better hand usage and strength to shed and keep blockers off his body, especially when pinched back inside. He will sometimes throw a shoulder, but he is most effective executing his punishing arm swipes to split double teams. He displays the lower body power to step up and fill the inside rush lanes, again a strong aspect for a potential move to middle linebacker. When he plays at a good pad level, he can keep containment with leverage on the tight end. GRADE: 8.2

    Lateral Pursuit/Range: When Curry gets a clear lane up the middle, he shows excellent ability to run through traffic and avoid blocks to penetrate. His athleticism and speed allows him to make plays in space, but if he has to change direction suddenly he lacks the fluid hips to recover. He does play to the flow of the ball when working down the line and is light on his feet, but you can see the stiffness in his upper body when having to flip to the outside and generate long pursuit. He uses his hands well to play off low blocks, but when he out-runs a play on occasion he does not have that great balance needed to quickly recover, bounce back up and make the play. His speed allows him to cut off the runners in the backfield, but when operating at the corner he does not take great angles and must develop better sideline-to-sideline range. GRADE: 6.0

    Use of Hands: Curry shows good hand usage to mirror and ride the hip of the tight end and backs in the short-area passing game. He has more than enough hand strength to shed blocks. When he extends his hands, he can use his speed to separate from the blocker. He has natural hands for the interception, timing his leaps to get to the ball at the high point while catching away from the body’s framework. GRADE: 8.3

    Tackling Ability: Curry is a solid drag-down tackler, but will sometimes play out of control and over-pursue. In the open, he is not very effective at bringing his arms to wrap and secure, as he will get too high in his stance to impede the ball carrier’s forward momentum and must be more conscious of taking out the runner’s outside leg. He shows good pop on contact and can break down and face up, but for a player with his impressive power you would expect him to be a much bigger impact hitter. GRADE: 6.7

    Run Defense: Curry is much more effective stepping up and clogging the rush lanes that generating pursuit vs. outside runs. He is stout at the point of attack and can take on and shed blockers in front of him, but lacks a great feel for tight ends executing side blocks. When he gets too high in his stance, he has some problems getting over trash. Thanks to his good upper body strength and hand jolt, he consistently is able to stack and control when taking on linemen. He needs to do a better job of maintaining leverage and keeping containment vs. the outside run, as he does not really show the loose hips to generate the range and speed to make plays along the sidelines. He can cover the field quickly on plays in front of him, but does look a bit stiff when trying to turn and run to the ball and making tackles in space (had problems giving long chase last year). GRADE: 7.3

    Pass Defense: Curry’s Achilles heel is his penchant to bite often on play-action fakes. He lacks good depth in his pass drops, but does a good job of eyeballing the quarterback and getting a jump on plays in front of him. Still, teams completed 71.1 percent of their passes into his area in 2008. He just does not have the hip flexibility to turn and drop with proper angle and depth. He has a better feel for pass coverage in the short area, another reason to view him more as an inside linebacker than on the strong-side. GRADE: 6.3

    Zone Defense: Curry knows how to settle in zones and keeps his head on a swivel, but just lacks the loose hips to turn and run on the deep patterns. He will allow his man to get separation on plays in the deep third of the zone and is better taking on receivers in front of him. He is just not effective enough to turn fluidly out of his backpedal, even when taking on tight ends. He does have a natural feel for the ball in flight, timing his leaps to get to the ball at its high point. He sees the big picture better playing in the short zone, when he can anticipate where the ball is going while maintaining tighter relationship with the receiver. GRADE: 6.2

    Pass Rush and Blitz: Curry shows good explosion as a blitzer, but because of some lateral mobility stiffness he needs a clear lane to make plays in the backfield. He is better coming off the edge when he keeps his hands active, as he is susceptible to side blocks. When working in-line, he is better containing than pressing at the Xs, as he will get a bit upright and fails to protect himself from low blocks when on the move). He is consistent in getting good hand placement in order to shed, and he has that sudden burst needed to get upfield shooting the gaps when he plays at a low pad level. He closes with desire and even though he does not always take very good angles, he has the chase speed to compensate and make plays in the backfield (does need to improve his pass repertoire, as he relies too much on his speed). GRADE: 7.6

    Compares To: DERRICK JOHNSON, Kansas City — 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.

    OVERALL GRADE: 6.98

  • mcfadden20.

    Go raiders

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    captain kirk on the raido he didnt even sniff the field when we played buffalo

  • Tjbwall

    Curry re-worked his contract as part of this trade, so the Raiders can only benefeit from this.

    The only question now is which Lb position does he play

  • LA to TheBay

    In CLASSIC Raider fashion.

    Hue is boy.

    1st reclamation project of the post Al era comes less than a week after his passing.

  • LA to TheBay

    Hue is MY boy*

  • mcfadden20.

    Sounds like Curry will do fine in Raiders man to man Scheme

  • aig-raiders

    r8eray Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Aig, all he needs is a new start with a different team….you’ll see!
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    Dude, dont get me wrong. I’m on board with this trade. It’s cheap and we got a guy that got HWS that produced in college. It’s not like our LB corp is great to begin with. Dude can’t be much worst.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    love bush but he has the best value shoulda traded him for drc in the offseason esp w/ there backs

  • http://www.aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    Curry hype per the Seahawk website:

    *Has started 28 of 30 career games and totaled 130 tackles, including 5.5 sacks.

    *Started 12 of 14 games during rookie season missing the final two with a shoulder injury. Totaled 60 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.

    *Finest game as a rookie came in a shutout versus Jacksonville (10/11/09) after leading the team with a career-high nine tackles to go along with a sack and forced fumble.

    *Highest drafted Seahawks player since Shawn Springs was selected third overall in 1997.

    *Highest drafted linebacker in club history.

    *First linebacker chosen in first round since 1998 (Anthony Simmons).

    *Seventh time in eight years club has selected a defensive player with their first pick.

    *Third player chosen from Wake Forest since 2006 (Ryan Plackemeier, 2006; Steve Vallos, 2007.)

  • Dakota

    Those things could never be said of Curry, who became the highest-drafted linebacker since the Washington Redskins took Penn State’s LaVar Arrington with the second overall pick in 2000. But while Arrington made three Pro Bowls, Burry was a misplaced chess piece throughout his Seattle career. He failed to show the kind of savvy in zone coverage required of an elite outside linebacker, and he was inexcusably out of position and assignment far too often, even when given specific and limited responsibilities.

    The Seahawks tried Curry at multiple positions, finally believing that they may have found his optimal spot as more of a stationary strong-side player. “Aaron, he’s deep into what we’re doing,” Carroll said. “We know how to utilize him now. Last year, we tried to figure out how much we should move him around in pass rush situations. He’s really an outside linebacker and he does a really good job of doing that. He’s playing first-team in the nickel package right now, and that’s something he didn’t do before.”

    The Seahawks aren’t the only team recently hamstrung by a high-picked defensive draft disappointment. The New York Jets selected Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston(notes) with the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft, and Gholston has started just five games since. The Jets waived him in February, 2011. The Buffalo Bills selected Penn State end Aaron Maybin(notes) with the 11th pick in the 2009 draft, and released him in August, 2011.

    And to be somewhat fair to the Ruskell administration, the 2009 draft was fairly disastrous for a number of teams. In the top 11 picks alone, there have been several “busts” or underachievers to date. Curry, Maybin, Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes), Jason Smith(notes), Tyson Jackson(notes), Michael Crabtree(notes), and Mark Sanchez(notes) could each be said to have performed below their draft spots to date.

    Curry leaves the Seahawks with 126 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 35 games.

  • mcfadden20.

    Yes Hue is the real deal

  • Dakota
  • aig-raiders

    mcfadden20. Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Sounds like Curry will do fine in Raiders man to man Scheme
    —————
    Exactly.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    dakota im confused u with or against the trade?

  • Dakota

    172.mcskinnnylegs Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    dakota im confused u with or against the trade?
    ++++++++++

    Just gathering info at this point.

  • Thec07

    we need LB help…If he can come in and contribute, next man up…

  • aig-raiders

    Wouldnt it be funny if Al was alive and made Curry into a TE with all that HWS.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    o thought that was u writing that

  • severeraiderz

    Lol you guys don’t think they would pit him at MLB this soon but expect him to take over at Sam on a weeks notice….tell what sense that makes. He wouldn’t have to male all of the defensive calls immediately or ever if one of the other players were able to handle it

  • Thec07

    Makes you wonder how bad Rolando is injuried…

  • mcskinnnylegs

    dakota u like the trade or no?

  • Pretty Rick

    Hue Jackson > Tom Cable

  • mcfadden20.

    I’m thinking hue will call curry in his office and ask him son tell me what does do you like to do , how you became the can’t miss prospect at wake forest and curry will be happy to know he will b put in position to succeed and in couple of years when he’s making his first pro-bowl , he will b recalling this meeting he had with hue that rejuvenated his career…

  • DeuceDeuce

    Brighter side is 2012 LB:

    Curry / McClain / Goethel

  • Seymour Bush

    Tjbwall Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Seymour Bush,

    Yea we witnessed it in the Texans game

    .Des. Bryant started at base De & played well
    .Henderson rotated in at Nt and played often & well
    .Seymour & Kelly benefitted from Henderson rotating in

    .In Base Defense Huff Fs
    .Nickel Def Branch FS/MM34 Ss/Huff Cb/Moss De/Wimbley De/Houston Dt

    I like the changes
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    Once again, you’re exactly right. And I like the changes as well. As I said yesterday, once the LB’s started to play well in the Texan game, the defense as a whole played much better. Hopefully, Curry is an upgrade to that unit.

  • mcskinnnylegs

    i think he just gonna b a backup

  • DeuceDeuce

    Who am I kidding…Goethel is done

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black in the house

  • mcskinnnylegs

    182.DeuceDeuce Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Brighter side is 2012 LB:

    Curry / McClain / Goethel

    ____________________________________________________

    dont think kam wimb’s going anywhere

  • joker94583

    Curry is a slug people. He’s the Jamarcus Russell of LB’S. you obviously haven’t done your homework. Maybe a change in venue will help. But 2 picks for this overated dance? Maybe Al is still alive?

  • Seymour Bush

    Thec07 Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Makes you wonder how bad Rolando is injuried…
    ==========================================

    Or whether the team thinks he can play mike injury or not. Curry can certainly play the mike at the pro level. I don’t think there is any doubt about that.

  • Tjbwall

    Thec07 Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:40 pm
    Makes you wonder how bad Rolando is injuried…
    ============================================

    Yup…i crack on Rolando alot too, but id hate not to have him suited up.

    I think Blockstock is our next man up

  • mcfadden20.

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Brighter side is 2012 LB:

    Curry / McClain / Goethel

    Not bad with kimberly and groves as backups

  • Thec07

    Tjbwall Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    Thec07 Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:40 pm
    Makes you wonder how bad Rolando is injuried…
    ============================================

    Yup…i crack on Rolando alot too, but id hate not to have him suited up.

    I think Blockstock is our next man up
    +++++++++

    I am done cracking on McClain…he showed me a lot in the houston game…

  • mizza

    Mcclain isn’t seriously injured, and the most he could miss is 1 game (i doubt even that considering he played all of last game). And Groves has been so bad that we need to replace him.

    I suspect curry was brought in for one reason. He can cover te’s and rb’s a whole lot better then any of our big slow lbs.

    Last week te’s and rb’s caught 17 balls for 319 yards. That is beyond bad. I wont be surprised if we start seeing him brought in on third and longs to cover up the tight end. We really need someone like that. I think its a good move.

  • ravenaider

    Message To The NATION…

    Let’s remain cautiously optimistic about the upcoming game.The Browns are an NFL team and they come to play.Hope that coach has the troops fired up for this game.

  • DeuceDeuce

    mcskinnnylegs Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    182.DeuceDeuce Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Brighter side is 2012 LB:

    Curry / McClain / Goethel

    ____________________________________________________

    dont think kam wimb’s going anywhere

    —-

    With his play so far he isnt exactly cementing his starting spot.

    He would play a lot more DE with Houston sliding over to replace Henderson in the rotation.

    Dont see Hendo lasting past this year.

  • aig-raiders

    Morrison on 95.7 explaining what’s it liek to play mlb for our defensive scheme. Said that our DT’s plays too much penetration and it puts too much pressure on MLB to produce.

  • aig-raiders

    Kirk Morrison.

  • anhdazman

    Why would we change to a 3-4 defense when our strenght are in our defensive linemen? Come on Raider Nation, some of your post is borderline stupid!
    Oakland’s coaching staff must see something they like in Curry in order for them to trade for the guy. Only his 3rd year so I think it was too soon to give up on a guy. Seattle probably felt they invested too much money in a guy and not getting the production for their money. Coaching will be key for Curry at this point. Oakland needs to put him in a position to succeed and build his confidence.

  • DeuceDeuce

    aig-raiders Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    Morrison on 95.7 explaining what’s it liek to play mlb for our defensive scheme. Said that our DT’s plays too much penetration and it puts too much pressure on MLB to produce.

    —-

    Makes sense.

  • mcfadden20.

    Joker94583 Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    Curry is a slug people. He’s the Jamarcus Russell of LB’S. you obviously haven’t done your homework. Maybe a change in venue will help. But 2 picks for this overated dance? Maybe Al is still alive?

    ________________
    He didn’t cost us 1st pick and 40 million, hope he works out for us , If not oh well only cost us 7th and 5th round pick