Aaron Curry might fall to the Browns with fifth pick

Many consider Aaron Curry to be the best all-around player in the draft. Now Mel Kiper (Insider only) and others have Curry falling, and he might fall all the way to #5 if Seattle doesn’t take him. Todd McShay has him falling to the Browns at #5.

Curry’s physical tools are astounding. He’s bulked up to a formidable 250 pounds after weighing under 200 coming out of high school (a big reason why he only received scholarship offers from Wake Forest and East Carolina University – he picked Wake for its academics). He’s a playmaker as much as he is a consistent run-stopping force. During his junior year, he returned three interceptions for touchdowns, bringing back the picks for a school-record of 226 total yards.

In a “three questions” interview with ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz (the man helping to decide who the Lions will pick with the draft’s no. 1 overall pick) described Curry’s unique skill set.

“He plays ‘Sam,’ but it was interesting at Wake. He played an on-the-ball ‘Sam’ linebacker, which not a lot of people play anymore. You have to be really strong. But they also put him out in space … almost like a nickel back. Those are two almost mutually exclusive skill sets.”

Curry’s versatility, coupled with his fortitude, athleticism and undeniable playmaking ability has NFL scouts salivating, and in a draft littered with uncertainty, the Wake linebacker is becoming more and more of a hot commodity. For teams picking at the top of the draft that might have reservations about say, Georgia QB Matthew Stafford or Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, the reliable Curry could emerge as the preferred option.

I’d love to get Rey Maualuga, but Curry is probably too good for the Browns to pass up. He’s a stud against the run and he’s excellent in pass coverage as well. He could anchor the defense for years to come.

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Will James Laurinaitis get drafted in the first round?

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Once thought to be a possible top-10 pick, James Laurinaitis has seen his stock fall a bit leading up to the 2009 NFL draft. Anthony Stalter doesn’t have him going in the first round, so there’s a chance that Laurinaitis might fall to the Browns in the second round. Neither does Mel Kiper.

Todd McShay has Laurinaitis ranked as the 32nd best player in the draft, and he has him going to the Rams in the second round, just ahead of the Browns pick in that round.

I think he will be a very solid pro player. He won’t dominate, but he’ll excel if he’s part of a good defense. I hate the thought of him going to the Steelers. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots snag him.

Derek Anderson to the Jets?

I have no idea if these rumors are true, but some are speculating that the Browns are shopping Derek Anderson and that the Jets might be interested.

So the Browns are reportedly shopping Derek Anderson. At least one analyst at ESPN has even go so far as to say the Browns will be looking for at least a second-round pick for the quarterback. I think it’s pretty safe to say that a second-rounder is probably the high trade value for Anderson right now though.

Actually, Anderson is a perplexing problem for the Browns. He has shown signs of inconsistency and mental lapses, but these are things that can be drilled in order to fix. He has the arm strength and athleticism to be a great quarterback if his problems can be limited.

He’s also owed $5 million by March as a guaranteed roster bonus. To put it simply, the Browns need to decide if it’s worth investing the money to try and train this guy while Brady Quinn still sits in the wings.

So who might be willing to take a chance on this guy when the Browns are reportedly asking so much. In the matter of about 48 hours, the New York Jets have become a great possibility.

I suspect that George Kokinis knows now whether he wants to keep Anderson. His job with the Ravens involved evaluating NFL talent, particularly opposing players.

Right now I’m comfortable either way. Keeping Anderson gives them some options and some insurance in case Quinn gets hurt. Trading him would send a clear message that Quinn is the quarterback and helps to avoid any drama in training camp. If they can get a #2 pick, they should probably deal him.