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Aaron Curry: The Next Vernon Gholston or Patrick Willis?

Posted By Lars Hanson On June 17, 2009 @ 1:52 am In Featured,NFL | No Comments

In the 2007 NFL Draft, the San Fransisco 49ers selected MLB Patrick Willis from Ole Miss with the 11th overall pick. In the 2008 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected OLB Vernon Gholston from Ohio State University with the sixth overall pick.

This year in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected OLB Aaron Curry from Wake Forest with the fourth overall pick. These three players are the highest LB's selected in the last three drafts. Willis in '07, Gholston in '08, and Curry in 2009.

Now the question for the 2009 pick, Aaron Curry, is will he be the next Vernon Gholston or Patrick Willis (this is not about position)?

Lets take a look at both Willis and Gholston's stats, mainly from their rookie seasons.

Patrick Willis:

Tackles: 174 total tackles, 135 solo tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in his rookie season. Willis won the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2007. He's also a two-time All-Pro and a two-time Pro Bowler.

Willis finished off his 2007 season by being named one of the ESPN "NEXT" players along with Brandon Roy (NBA) and Joba Chamberlain (MLB).

Willis led the NFL in 2007 in total tackles, as a rookie. Not too shabby of a season and this would be great for Aaron Curry and the Seahawks if Curry turned in this kind of rookie season.

Vernon Gholston:

Tackles: 13 total tackles, five solo tackles, zero sacks, zero everything else.

There were a lot of people around the NFL that said Gholston would not translate to the NFL and well, he flat-out proved them right.

Jets fans wanted Gholston and they got him. He was drafted as a DE, hopefully Rex Ryan will do a lot better than Mangini and have Gholston turn out like a sixth overall pick should.

Jets fans also wanted Mark Sanchez. They got him now, but will he turn out like Gholston but at the QB position? Sanchez was drafted only one slot higher.

Now looking at Aaron Curry. He was the best LB in the entire draft, along with the title of the best overall and complete player in the '09 draft. He was a tackle machine in college at Wake Forest.

The Seahawks are going to want him to be the SLB and do a lot more blitzing in the NFL than he did in college. But having Curry paired with Tatupu and Hill should help him out a little bit.

If Aaron Curry can get even close to the type of rookie season like Patrick Willis had and have maybe 130 total tackles, then he's turned in a great rookie season. What should Seahawks fans expect from Aaron Curry? Well, let's project what he should have for stats right now.

Tackles: 120-130 (110 solo)

Sacks: Four to six (Lofa will have most of the sacks, so that's why it will be lower)

Forced fumbles: One to three

Interception:One to three

If Curry can have that as his rookie season then Seahawks fans won't be calling for Tim Ruskell's head and Curry should have a decent shot at the Pro Bowl.

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