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superman
04-23-2009, 06:11 PM
strictly as prospects

superman
04-23-2009, 06:15 PM
Yes, easily. Willis didn't even really shoot up until he ran that amazing 40 yard dash.

wasn't his 40 like 4.49? i thought that was expected from him at the time.

Castle
04-23-2009, 06:16 PM
Sure is. Willis was never projected to even go in the top 5. Curry had a real chance of being the number 1 overall selection.

superman
04-23-2009, 06:19 PM
well that's kind of what i'm getting at. knowing what you know now, would you have taken willis #1 in 2006?

i don't think the lions should shy away just because he's a lb if he has the potential to be another pat willis.

Castle
04-23-2009, 06:24 PM
IMO, its still pretty hard to take a non pass rushing LB first overall. Sure, Willis is a tremendous player but there were better players than him in his draft class such as Joe Thomas, Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

PACKmanN
04-23-2009, 06:26 PM
AJ Hawk was a much better prospect.

superman
04-23-2009, 06:27 PM
IMO, its still pretty hard to take a non pass rushing LB first overall. Sure, Willis is a tremendous player but there were better players than him in his draft class such as Joe Thomas, Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

i agree. calvin had no business not going 1st. but if willis WAS selected there, nobody would be saying "bust" about it now.

really, i wanted my dolphins to take him when everybody else wanted them to take quinn.

i don't think the lions should take him over stafford because they have nothing at qb, just trying to present the argument that it may not be a bad idea a couple years from now if they took curry instead.

superman
04-23-2009, 06:28 PM
AJ Hawk was a much better prospect.

than willis or curry? or both?

Sniper
04-23-2009, 06:31 PM
Pat Willis>Aaron Curry.

Castle
04-23-2009, 06:32 PM
Pat Willis>Aaron Curry.

As prospects? or currently?

the decider13
04-23-2009, 06:32 PM
Curry is a much more complete prospect than Willis ever was, but Willis' draft class was far superior

BamaFalcon59
04-23-2009, 06:33 PM
Well, to be fair that draft was probably better than this one at the top. Calvin, JaMarcus, Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, LaRon Landry, and Gaines Adams would all be in the running for top prospect in this draft. The first four for sure.

Sniper
04-23-2009, 06:34 PM
As prospects. Maybe I'm putting too much stock into Willis' pro career and not remembering him as much out of college.

D-Unit
04-23-2009, 06:35 PM
As an ILB prospect, I liked Willis a lot better.

As an OLB prospect, I like Curry a lot better.

Sniper
04-23-2009, 06:37 PM
Patrick Willis' senior year stats

12 GP, 137 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 7 PBU, 2 FF

Aaron Curry's senior year stats

13 GP, 105 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 PBU, 1 FF

Paranoidmoonduck
04-23-2009, 06:38 PM
Yeah, Curry is a better prospect, but not by a whole lot (then again, I really liked Willis in 2007).

Willis is a better tackler and has better top end speed, but Curry has a lot less questions about his coverage ability. The guys played two different positions in college, so the comparison isn't easy (as, say, drawing a line from Hawk to Curry would be), but Curry is pretty clearly the better prospect, even if by a little.

Staubach12
04-23-2009, 06:38 PM
I like Curry more than Hawk and Willis as prospects. Curry's the best LB prospect I've ever seen. His versatility, reaction speed, and pass rushing ability put him over the top for me. Just a fantastic prospect.

PACKmanN
04-23-2009, 06:38 PM
than willis or curry? or both?

better than Willis, similar to Curry. IMO, both their game is similar.

Babylon
04-23-2009, 06:40 PM
Willis was running under 4.5 at the combine and under 4.4 at his pro day. To me Willis is the better prospect, i was never enamored with Curry although that might be because the games i did see him play he didnt stand out.

Brent
04-23-2009, 06:46 PM
I was in love with Willis about this time in 2007, so I would say I like him the most but when you dont have an interest in your team taking a top MLB, it's hard to judge fairly.

DiG
04-23-2009, 06:46 PM
i think as prospects they are a lot closer than people think and it depends partly on the system. neither in my opinion are really top 5 picks as prospects. sure looking back willis has done very well in the nfl but curry has a much weaker draft class which is why hell go earlier in the draft.

JRTPlaya21
04-23-2009, 06:51 PM
I loved Willis coming out, but yeah Curry is the higher rated prospect.

BaLLiN
04-23-2009, 06:57 PM
As an ILB prospect, I liked Willis a lot better.

As an OLB prospect, I like Curry a lot better.

yes, i feel the same, although willis ran a ridiculous 40 time his strength was always inside

Don Vito
04-23-2009, 06:59 PM
Patrick Willis' senior year stats

12 GP, 137 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 7 PBU, 2 FF

Aaron Curry's senior year stats

13 GP, 105 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 3 PBU, 1 FF

Willis was certainly a beast on the field, he put up those great numbers and was All-SEC for three years as well as winning the Butkus award and SEC defensive player of the year. Then he tore up the combine with a 4.49 40 and a 40 inch vert as well as some other ridiculous numbers with no character concerns.

I think Willis was the much better college player but I could see why people say Curry is the better prospect due to his athleticism and his versatility. You can't ignore Willis' NFL success to this point as well as his dirty athletic ability.

parrish_lemar24DBSkins
04-23-2009, 07:05 PM
I doubt Curry would have been a top 5 prospect in Willis' draft year.

To me, those guys are a coin flip difference, but I do like Patrick Willis' top end speed more.

keylime_5
04-23-2009, 07:09 PM
Willis had questions about his coverage abiility and strength to take on NFL blockers, he had an insane 40 time and a great senior bowl that rocketed him to 11th overall. Thing is he was a middle linebacker, Hawk and Curry are both outside linebackers - which tend to go higher on draft day.

As prospects they go
1-Curry
2-Hawk
3-Willis

But as players in the league it is and will be a different story.

stephenson86
04-23-2009, 07:13 PM
http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/resources/625aaroncurry0223.jpg
http://www.seniorbowl.com/images/2007.willis.jpg

based on sex factor, willis everytime

Saints-Tigers
04-23-2009, 08:02 PM
Willis was amazing in college, LaRon Landry like in how he was totally forgotten as super elite prospect because he was expected to not blow the combine away.

Curry is a more complete player than I thought Willis was, but I think Willis was the more complete and devastating tackle.

GhostDeini
04-23-2009, 09:09 PM
Aaron Curry is not in the same galaxy as Patrick Willis as prospect. Curry is nothing more than a strong side lb in a 4-3. Plus the last 1st round pick that came outta Wake was..........Calvin Pace.

WCH
04-23-2009, 09:48 PM
I thought Willis was the best ILB prospect since Ray Lewis. I would take him, as a prospect, over Hawk and Curry any day of the week. But, OLB always go higher.

1. Willis
2. Curry
3. Hawk (I actually thought that the top 3-4 LBers were pretty comparable that year).

Flyboy
04-23-2009, 11:52 PM
Pat Willis>Aaron Curry.

Ding. I always had a mancrush on Willis as a prospect.

For me, I'd go:

1. Pat Willis
2. Aaron Curry
3. A.J. Hawk

Larry121283
04-24-2009, 12:11 AM
I would say emphatically no.

Curry is very high on this years list, basically because this years draft is excessively weak.

Willis was taken lower then what Curry will be taken partly because the draft he was in was considered strong.

I watched a good bit of Willis in college and have seen Curry live and in person and plenty of other times through either a live game or film, and I'd say Willis was a better linebacker coming out. Not a knock on Curry, as I think Willis was the best linebacker to come out since LaVar Arrington, but thats my 2-pennies.

I like Curry a lot. Enough to take him #1? Even if he is the safest player in the draft? No. He doesn't have that value as a game changing linebacker. He isn't an Arrington, he isn't a Lawrence Taylor...those are Top 5 linebacker types, to me.

I find it tough to justify spending a pick that high on your basic linebacker. This years draft is real weak and void of guys with high enough ceilings to warrent going in the Top 5, so I'll go with safe players, like Aaron Curry because I know I'll get my moneys worth.

jnew76
04-24-2009, 12:12 AM
I think this is really close. Williis was an incredible prospect with great intangibles much like Curry. Willis was a one man wrecking crew on the Ole Miss defense in the SEC. It is really close, but I would give the nod to Willis.

Larry121283
04-24-2009, 12:13 AM
Aaron Curry is not in the same galaxy as Patrick Willis as prospect. Curry is nothing more than a strong side lb in a 4-3. Plus the last 1st round pick that came outta Wake was..........Calvin Pace.

Took him a bit, but he ended up finding his niche in the NFL and he became pretty good.

the decider13
04-24-2009, 12:16 AM
Aaron Curry is not in the same galaxy as Patrick Willis as prospect. Curry is nothing more than a strong side lb in a 4-3. Plus the last 1st round pick that came outta Wake was..........Calvin Pace.


How would this statement read if PWill wasn't a success in the NFL? Still not in the same galaxy?

Shahin
04-24-2009, 12:36 AM
Patrick Willis is the next coming of Ray Lewis.




and Ray ain't even gone yet.

Brent
04-24-2009, 12:45 AM
Willis ran a 4.38 at his ******* pro-day!