The Oakland Raiders first player personnel move after the death of Al Davis, comes in Davis like fashion as the Raiders acquire former fourth-overall pick Aaron Curry from the Seattle Seahawks.
The Raiders acquired Curry, who was once considered a sure thing, for a 2012 seventh-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013. The conditional pick can be turned into a fourth-round pick based on Curry’s playing time.
Al Davis was known for giving players a second chance after they faltered with teams or ran into trouble. It looks like the Raiders will continue this trend with the addition of Curry. According to ESPN’s official website Curry would be the 12th former first-round pick on the Raiders roster, including seven on defense.
Let’s not forget one of the raider’s most recent acquisitions. Javaris Moss, The Bronco’s 17th overall pick in the 2007 draft, has played very well with the Raiders this season. Moss has been in the defensive line rotation, mainly being used in passing situations. Moss had his biggest game against the New York Jets when he recorded 1.5 sacks. The Raider’s Hue Jackson seems to know where to put players in order for them to perform their best.
Curry won the Butkus Award at Wake Forest. The Raiders will be the next team to try and translate that talent to the NFL. (Photo: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Curry is just 25 years old and in his third season after being drafted fourth overall, so the talent is certainly there. The Raiders have struggled on defense all season, and so has Curry with the Seahawks, but sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what a struggling player needs. If Curry can get comfortable with the team, you can expect Kamerion Wimbley to be lined up as defensive end a bit more. Both players are similar in size and ability, and Wimbley has thrived with the Raiders.
With a risk so low and a reward so high, the Raiders had to make this deal. If Curry doesn’t pick up the system quick enough to contribute this year, the young linebacker still has time to get himself acclimated to the system given his young age. If Curry simply isn’t an NFL player, which I highly doubt judging from his days at Wake Forest, then the Raiders lose a seventh-round draft pick and a conditional fifth-round draft pick. The reward drastically outweighs the risk. This was a great move for the Raiders.
The acquisition of Curry shows the Raiders will stick to the Al Davis philosophy of giving players a second chance and stockpiling on former first-round draft picks, and with Curry’s talent it could pay off very soon.