Will you ever make good on all that amazing promise, Aaron Curry?
The Seahawks have had 3 picks in the top half of the first round in the last two drafts. For a struggling bad team, these HAVE to be can’t-miss stars that will be the backbone of your team for the better part of a decade. Botching these calls will only serve in prolonging the agony. Aaron Curry was the highest-drafted of the bunch, selected at Number 4 last year.
I don’t like throwing around the B-word when it comes to young players, at least, not until they’ve had a chance to prove their Bust-ness. That having been said: how hard is it to play linebacker, REALLY?
I’m not saying you don’t have to have amazing athleticism, speed, or skill. I’m just saying that NFL linebackers are dime-a-dozen type guys not unlike running backs and pretty much anyone on the Special Teams unit. Someone goes down, you just insert new young stud drafted in the lower rounds and miss not a beat.
Why do you think the best two draft picks Tim Ruskell ever made for the Seahawks were linebackers (Lofa & Leroy)? Because that’s the easiest position to NOT fuck up. How many good linebackers do the Seahawks have right now? I’d count a good 5 that could be starting for just about any average team, with another young guy or two thrown in that could easily develop into starting-calibre type guys.
There’s no reason for Aaron Curry to be any different. It’s frustrating as all hell because at times we’ve seen the explosiveness. We’ve seen flashes of his speed and power. We’ve seen him get in the heads of other teams while making behind-the-line plays readymade for Sportscenter.
But, that’s just it. Those have been but mere flashes, offset by bonehead penalties and being out of position. The rest of the time (which is ample), he’s simply just out there, going unnoticed because he’s a Number 4 draft pick who’s not making big plays on a regular basis.
Yes, he’s young. Yes, he’s still learning. Yes, he’s in his second defensive scheme in two years (though the coordinator is the same, it’s Pete Carroll’s scheme through and through). But still, at some point raw ability has to take over. We’d be willing to overlook his bone-headedness so long as he’s out there getting sacks, forcing fumbles, and tackling running backs for yardage losses.
It’s time to get it together and see what’s happening, Aaron Curry. It’s time to make good on that high draft load we shot last year.