fumble recovery. His best effort as a rookie came against Cincinnati, when he had two tackles, a TFL, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Sophomore – Curry moved into the starting lineup in 2009 and, in 13 games, posted 59 total tackles, 8.5 stops for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He had 10 tackles, including one for loss, vs. Southern Mississippi and two of his four stops in the SMU game were quarterback sacks. Junior – Curry became a first team All- Conference-USA selection as a junior after starting all 12 games and leading the team with 18 tackles for loss among his 94 total tackles. 12 of those were sacks, and he added 16 QB hurries, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He had 11 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, two sacks, and two hurries against Ohio; he was credited with eight tackles, 1.5 stops for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble vs. Memphis; and he had 11 stops, three TFLs, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and one additional QB hurry in the West Virginia game. Senior – This past season, Curry was theConference-USA Defensive Player of the Year after amassing 22 tackles for loss and 11 sacks among his 77 total stops. He also forced seven fumbles, blocked three kicks on special teams, broke up a pass, and recovered one fumble. His best games as a senior came against UAB (8 tackles, sack, QBH, 3 forced fumbles), vs. Rice (9 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, forced fumble, fumble recovery), at Central Florida (8 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 2 sacks, forced fumble), at Ohio (7 tackles, 2 TFLs, forced fumble), and against Southern Mississippi (6 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 3 sacks). Analysis: Curry began showcasing future NFL ability as a sophomore and grew into a prolific pass rusher. He is a proven natural playmaker coming off the edge, closing quickly on his target and disrupting things in the backfield vs. both the pass and the run. Curry is a much underpublicized standout coming out of Conference-USA. Football means everything to this kid, and he has the versatility and athleticism to play either with hishand down as a defensive end or on his feet as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Curry has been on the NFL radar for a few years and could have been an early round selection in last year’s draft. He is just that more seasoned in 2012 and he had an excellent Senior Bowl week to round off his career. He presents a lot of value and is a solid, safe pick for a team in need of another pass rusher. *Combine Note: Ran a 4.85, didn’t lift, and had a 32” vertical jump.
11. Brandon Boykin 5-9½ 183 Georgia (S. 4.42) R. 7.9
Background: High School – Boykin was a prep All-American coming out of Fayetteville, GA after intercepting five passes, breaking up nine others, and making 23 tackles on defense. As a quarterback, he ran for 600 yards and six touchdowns and completed 33 of his 43 passes for 416 yards and three more scores. Freshman – Boykin played in 13 games as a true freshman for the Bulldogs in 2008, recording six tackles on the year, with two coming against Georgia Southern. Sophomore – Boykin became a starter in 2009 and was in the lineup in 12 of his 13 appearances. He recorded 54 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions on defense and he set school records with 38 kickoff returns, 988 yards (26 ypr), and three touchdowns. He returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and added four tackles and an interception against South Carolina; he had another 100-yard return for a score in the Tennessee game; he was credited with eight stops and a pick vs. Auburn; and he posted his third kickoff return for a touchdown, six tackles, and a pass breakup in the Independence Bowl vs. Texas A&M. Junior – Boykin again started 12 of his 13 appearances in 2010 and he had 44 tackles on defense, including 6.5 for loss. He also picked off three passes, broke up three others, and had 34 kickoff returns for a 24.3-yard average. He had five tackles, with one going for loss, and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Kentucky; he had seven stops at South Carolina; and he was Defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl against Central Florida after making three tackles and intercepting a pass. Senior – This past season, Boykin started all 14 games for Georgia and he won the Paul Hornung Award after recording 55 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions, nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles, 38 kickoffs for a 22.4-yard average, a 12.9-yard average on 14 punt returns, with one for a touchdown, seven rushes for 103 yards and a score, and five receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns. He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass and made six tackles against New Mexico State (1 TFL); he was credited with five tackles, one stop for loss, an interception, and a pass breakup at Vanderbilt; and he was Outback Bowl MVP after returning a kickoff 92-yards, catching a touchdown pass, and making seven tackles, including two for loss and a safety. Analysis: Boykin is a very athletic, extremely versatile cover corner. He is a real playmaker with the pads on. He can run stride-for-stride with the fastest wide receivers, and when he’s beaten, he can make up ground quickly. As a return specialist, Boykin had a knack for finding the gaps and creases, accelerating quickly, and doing a lot of damage with the ball in his hands. I thought over several games the last couple of seasons that he could be a second round pick. He then slipped a bit, but when you're versatile like Boykin is, athletic like he is, and can help out in a big way as a returner, you’re going to get a lot of attention. *Combine Note: Didn’t workout