Why Curry has more value to Rams than Lions
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams' newest receiver, Ronald Curry, owns nearly as many career catches -- 193 -- as the rest of the St. Louis receivers combined (199). The move to acquire Curry from the Lions for journeyman defensive lineman Orien Harris looks like a "win" for both teams.
The Rams get needed experience and depth at receiver, while the Lions get something in return for a player who no longer fit into their plans.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. sized up the deal this way:
My initial impressions off the bat is that Harris is worth nothing. Apparently he is the new commodity in the league so you look like you are getting something in return. The Lions just traded for Dennis Northcutt. Curry was going to be a slot guy. They just drafted Derrick Williams from Penn State in the third round, a returner and slot guy. Where does Curry fit? Northcutt is an ideal slot guy. That leaves Curry as the fifth receiver on a good day. My guess was that Detroit was not very excited about Curry when they got their hands on him.
As far as the Rams, I don't know if there is a worse group of receivers in the league than what St. Louis has, at least on paper. They are so young. I wouldn't have any problem adding veterans, especially ones that have some size [Curry is 6-2 and 210]. Donnie Avery is a burner. I don't know how long they are going to protect. I expect them to control the ball -- they have a defensive-minded head coach -- get the ball out quick, utilize bigger receivers who can run after the catch.
Curry is that guy if he can stay healthy. Good hands, really athletic. Played point guard at North Carolina. He has been a real project since he came into the league. He had a couple good years with the Raiders and then he just keeps getting hurt. To the Rams, it's worth it. They didn't give anything up.
I'll also pass along an earlier Scouts Inc. scouting report on Curry:
Curry appears to have made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver after six years in the NFL. He has a lot of natural skills, but is just now learning how to use them as a wide receiver as opposed to as a quarterback. He is explosive off the line of scrimmage and has enough deep speed to stretch the secondary down the seam. He is starting to show the ability to alter his speed to throw off the timing of defenders as they try to match his speed. But, he still needs work on developing a top-end gear to pull away from pursuit. He is a natural when it comes to catching the ball with his soft hands and can reach out to pluck the ball away from his body. He still needs some work on reaching down to catch low passes as opposed to sliding to the ground to make the catch. He has a tendency to stay with his route rather than break it off when the quarterback gets pressured. He can be inconsistent when it comes to adjusting his route to match the coverage. He looks more comfortable running his routes versus man coverage than he does versus zone coverage. He would probably look more comfortable in a situation where he is the No. 2 than the No. 1.