It's rare for a fan to have the chance to play for his favorite team.
The Eagles selected Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry with their second pick in the second round at No. 59 overall. A native of Neptune, N.J., Curry is excited to have the opportunity to play for the team he grew up cheering for.
"I've always been an Eagles fan, ever since I started watching football," Curry said. "This is where God wanted me to be at."
The Eagles originally owned the 51st overall pick. They traded it to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the 59th pick and a fourth-round selection (No. 123 overall).
Curry came into the draft hoping to go in the first round, and he will use his draft slot as motivation to work even harder as a member of the Eagles. He said he will "definitely" come into the season with a chip on his shoulder and will look to prove himself in camp and reward the Eagles for drafting him.
"Coach (Jim) Washburn had faith in me, and I can promise you I won't let him down," Curry said.
The 6-3, 266-pound Curry finished his senior season with 77 tackles, 11 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. For his career, Curry had 26.5 sacks and 48 tackles for loss.
Sean Cronin, Curry's former defensive line coach at Marshall, thinks Curry will fit well lining up in the wide-nine technique used by Washburn. He described Curry as a hard worker and a "fighter."
Now on a team with two Pro Bowl defensive ends in Jason Babin and a former first-round pick in Brandon Graham, Curry will have to be a fighter in order to get playing time.
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