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Friday, April 27, 2012
Eagles trade back, take DE Vinny Curry

By Dan Graziano

The first thing to note here is that the Kevin Kolb trade is the trade that keeps on giving. In that deal with Arizona last summer, the Philadelphia Eagles got cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the 19th pick in the second round (51st overall) of this year's draft. Friday night, they traded that pick to the Packers for the 28th pick in the second round (59th overall) and a fourth-round pick. And then, with the 59th pick in the NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry.

Vinny Curry
The Eagles didn't particularly need a pass-rusher, but they got a good one in Marshall's Vinny Curry.
This is the Eagles making good on their pre-draft promise to take the best player available, regardless of need. They didn't like what they had available to them at 51, so they dealt back, picked up an extra fourth-rounder and then at 59 took a pass-rusher even though they already have Trent Cole, Jason Babin and 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham at defensive end. Doesn't matter. The Giants proved this year you can't have too many pass-rushers, and Curry represents good value at this point in the draft.

"I love his playing style," Jon Gruden just said on ESPN, "because it's all based on effort and hard work. For him to be the third defensive end with Babin and Cole, I like it."

Curry isn't the most awesome physical specimen or the best athlete at his position in this year's draft, but he earns raves for his work ethic, intensity and passion. Having added defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and fleet-footed linebacker Mychal Kendricks with their first two picks in this year's draft, the Eagles are clearly focused on finding disruptive players for their defense. I like the Curry pick, because even if Graham does take a big step forward this year, overcrowding at those pass-rush spots is a good problem to have.