Tim Ruskell said the Seahawks identified Aaron Curry early in the scouting process as a player they'd like in Seattle, actually taking an interest in Curry in his junior season.
"Our people kind of noticed him last year in the offseason," Ruskell said. "And our people kept coming back with good reports as we went through the season. So we started paying attention to him in terms of watching him play and that kind of thing, and everything came up solid, so we kind of had our eye on this guy for a long time."
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On waiting to see if Curry would drop down, Ruskell had this to say:
"That was tough, because a lot of the mocks had him going if not to St. Louis, to Kansas City," Ruskell said. "So we just did not know if they were going to pull the trigger or not. And believe it, the room was very happy when the clocked ran down and they picked somebody else."
As I said in an earlier post, Ruskell indicated that the Seahawks wanted to down play their interest in Curry, and that was one of the reasons they did not bring him in for a visit.
"There was a little bit of that going on," Ruskell said. "What we did is we sent our contiigent of scouts there. We talked to him at the combine. No red flags were coming up that we had to pursue further. Because we had him scheduled to com in and then we said, 'You know what, we're good.'
"And I think that played to our advantage."
So what does Curry bring to Seattle?
"A physical presence on the field," Ruskell said. " A guy who's over 250 pounds and runs 4.5 (40-yard time), and you see it the speed on the (field). Some guys run 4.5 in their workouts and you don't see it on the tape.
"Versatility in terms of his coverage ability, he's a good tackler and he's a good blitzer. I mean he's the whole package for the linebacker position. And that's why the coaches were all excited about him, because of all the different things you're going to be able to do with the guy"
On the possibility of trading down, Ruskell described the interest as more of teams floating ideas and nothing solid. He said initial discussions included three or four teams. But the Seahawks never indicated they were willing to trade down.
Ruskell also reiterated that Seattle wanted to bring in a player that would give Seattle an immediate impact now.
Ruskell said he'll let the coaches figure out where Curry will play, but believes he can play both outside linebacker spots.