3. Aaron Curry
Draft year: 2009
Pick: 4th (draft capital: 1,800)
2009 was one of the last years you could get drafted by an NFL team and immediately sign a $34 million guaranteed contract. Aaron Curry, taken fourth overall that year, did exactly that, and that’s why he’s so high on this list. There were many players the Seattle Seahawks could have taken in 2009 instead of Curry, including linebackers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.
Curry played 35 games for the Seahawks, recording only 5.5 sacks in that time. It’s difficult to blame the Seahawks to for taking Curry at number four. He was considered a highly versatile, fast linebacker capable of putting his hand down on the defensive line and still covering pass catchers down the field. His workout session at the NFL Combine had him in the discussion as a possible first overall pick. His final full season with Seattle was 2010, when Curry recorded 73 tackles and 3.5 sacks. In 2011, he lost his starting job to K.J. Wright. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and waived midseason. He was out of football by 2013.
"Curry played 35 games for the Seahawks, recording only 5.5 sacks in that time."
Curry now lives in North Carolina where he works as the defensive line coach for the Charlotte 49ers.
This is a Jim Mora blunder, mistaking another mediocre defender for a regular NFL contributor. Mora had many struggles in his single, 5-11 season as the head coach for the Seahawks in 2009. Incidentally, Curry is very fun to play as in Madden 2010, when his rating was in the high-nineties. He was a highly-anticipated defender who showed signs of being a versatile menace in college. He could never put it all together, though.
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