The Eagles continued beefing up their defensive line in the second round with the selection of Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry. After selecting California linebacker Mychal Kendricks with their first of two second-round picks (No. 46 overall), the Eagles traded the 51st overall pick to the Green Bay Packers, who selected Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
In exchange for that pick, the Eagles moved down eight picks in the second round to No. 59 and picked up the Packers' fourth-round pick, No. 123 overall.
Curry joins the Eagles' first-round pick, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, in adding to a defensive line that accumulated a league-best 46 sacks in 2011.
When the pick was announced by Eagles legend Brian Westbrook, NFL Network's Mike Mayock raved about the pick.
"That's a great value," Mayock said. "I really believe that's a pick by the Eagles, where they say, he's too good. ... This is a kid that when you watch the tape, you have a grin on your face the entire time. He's going to get hustle sacks. He's going to be tough against the run.
"When you look at the Eagles, you say, thaey've got Jason Babin, they've got Trent Cole. They traded up for a couple years ago for Brandon Graham. This is a case where you say, the player is too good to pass up. Really good pick"
Here's the full scouting report on Curry courtesy of SportsIllustrated.com's Tony Pauline.
Positive: Natural pass rusher with potential at a number of positions in the NFL. Incredibly explosive, fires off the snap and chases around the field to make plays. Can bend off the edge, takes good angles to the action and displays a variety of moves with his hands to protect himself. Attacks assignments, goes after ballcarriers and gets a lot of momentum going to the action. Plays with good pad level, fluid moving in every direction of the field and easily changes direction without losing speed. Tough to knock off his feet. Effectively diagnoses plays and has solid instincts.
Negative: Lacks great bulk and struggles getting off blocks. Primarily used up the field and rarely asked to make plays in reverse. Possesses solid speed but is not great in pursuit.
Analysis: Curry has been one of the best pass rushers in college football the past two seasons. He's a prospect who can be used as a one-gap defensive end or standing up over tackle as a rush linebacker at the next level. Curry plays smart, tough, football and is a prospect who should only get better over time.
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