That’s when Curran, who came out a year early to enter the NFL Draft, will perform for NFL scouts at Georgia’s annual Pro Day. The Snellville native was one of the most productive linebackers of the Mark Richt era, but is viewed as undersized for the NFL game – something he’s grown used to hearing over his lifetime.
“People have always talked about it, but it is something they can find wrong – and it’s not really even wrong – with me,” Curran said. “I always tell people that there is no pill or food I can eat to make me taller, or I would have eaten it a long time ago… believe me.”
That pill doesn’t exist, and Curran is fine with his size even if the rest of the football world isn’t. Being doubted because of his size is not a new phenomenon for the former Bulldog – he has been dealing with questions about his stature since he racked up almost 200 tackles a season for Gwinnett County’s Brookwood. While the question marks surrounding his transition to the NFL game mimic that of his transition to the college game from high school, there is little question that Curran ended up being more than an afterthought once he started playing for the Bulldogs in 2007.
Now, Curran admits, the challenge will be convincing pro teams that he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL even if his size is not prototypical.
“My height is always the thing that guys bring up, but they tell me that I am going to be fine. At the end of the day this is a business,” he said.
Curran’s trip to the NFL Combine two weeks ago was not quite as productive as he’d hoped, and that’s the reason Tuesday is such an important day for him.
“I am planning on it being a good day. I have been doing treatments making sure that I am ready to go for this one moment. I am planning it on being a huge success, and reintroducing myself to teams. It will be nice to be back home and have my family around me. Some teams didn’t know if I was going to run on Pro Day, but I have been letting the teams who have called that I am going full go Tuesday,” he said. “It is the most important practice of my life.”
Curran was undersized as a high schooler, too
Complicating matters was Curran’s hamstring pull at the Combine that resulted in him running a less-than-average time for the 40-yard dash. Curran could help his time in that event significantly Tuesday, and plans on running that event at the end of the day rather than in the middle in hopes of being as loose as possible for the run.
“I didn’t make a big deal about (pulling the hamstring), but I have worked towards rehabbing and getting ready for tomorrow,” he said. “A lot of teams have called, and they are all wondering about the Pro Day, but I have told them that I am doing everything.”
“He is going to compete (at Pro Day),” said Ryan Goldin, who has trained Curran since his high school days. Goldin has headed up Curran’s strength workouts while Competitive Edge Sports has handled Curran’s running.
The combine is an important aspect to NFL evaluations, but Curran went into it knowing he was going to have a few strikes against him for, again, his size.
“Half of the combine is a beauty contest,” he said. “They make judgments off your appearance – we do that in every day life… you don’t even know you are doing it.”
But Curran believes that his film will tell NFL teams and their scouts all they need to know.
“What I did at Georgia has to mean something – patricianly because it was in the SEC. Its not like I was playing at some garbage school,” Curran said. “I feel good about what I did while I was at Georgia.”
Now all Curran has to do is have a good Pro Day at his former school… and maybe find that pill to grow taller while he's at it.