Well, the news we have been expecting to hear for a while has come: Aaron Curry has been traded. Curry will be going to the Raiders for a 7th rounder and a 4th or 5th round pick in 2013.
From a personal standpoint I am very sad to see Aaron Curry go. From the time he was drafted in 2009 and had a leukemia patient accompany him I liked him. When he got on Twitter he was constantly posting Bible verses, encouragements, pictures of his wife and kids, and so on. Some people had a problem with tweets like that but I for one really liked it. If other players can tweet about going out clubbing or hanging with their friends or other aspects about life why shouldn’t he be able to tweet about what is important to him?
But you do have to look at his performance on the field. So much was expected from Curry coming out of college and rightly so. He was the #4 pick in the draft and when you draft a player that high he needs to be a star and a game changer. Maybe it was a bit high to pick a linebacker but nearly all the draft experts thought this was a great pick and Curry was one of the “can’t miss” players in the 2009 draft.
It is always easy to look back and say “The Seahawks should have drafted so and so”. OK, let’s look at some other underwhelming players from the first round in 2009:
- #5 Mark Sanchez – Jets: Still not a great QB.
- #6 Andre Smith – Bengals: Injuries and unfulfilled potential
- #7 Darius Heyward-Bey – Raiders: 51 catches and 753 yards in 3 seasons? Not too good
- #11: Aaron Maybin – Buffalo – Was rated as the worst player in the NFL last year
- #12: Knowshon Moreno – Can’t even beat out McGahee
There are some good first rounders out of that draft like B.J. Raji, Brian Orakpo, Clay Matthews, and others but all in all that was a pretty disappointing first round. I would be pretty angry if Seattle took any of those players over Curry at the time and I wouldn’t have been much happier now.
It was time to move Curry though. Look at his career stats: 35 games, 130 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9 TFLs, 9 passes defended. Those are the types of numbers you want to see every year from a top linebacker. I don’t know if it is a scheme thing, a coaching thing or what but when you draft a linebacker #4 you expect more than what Curry is delivering. Curry has had quite a few chances to make some great plays but he just doesn’t get it done on the field.
I am hoping Aaron Curry can go on to tear it up for the Raiders. I still want him to have some success (not against the Seahawks though) and live up to the potential he showed at Wake Forest. His physical tools and athletic ability are still there and maybe the Raiders can translate that into performance on the football field.
Goodbye Aaron Curry. This 12 will miss you. I now need to retire my #59 Curry jersey with the rest of my Seahawks jerseys that are no longer valid but I will always have good memories of this one compared to some of my other jerseys.