CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and former Marshall football star Vinny Curry is still gaining the attention of scouts and national pundits.
The latest Curry spokesman is Todd McShay, an ESPN analyst who is the director of college scouting for Scouts, Inc.
McShay watched Texas A&M's Pro Day last Thursday and finished his report on Curry during his trip to College Station, Texas.
"I watched the final game I had of him," McShay said Friday during a conference call. "I gave him - let me give you the exact grade - a mid- to late- second round grade.
"I just love the way he plays. He fires off the ball low; he gets good leverage; he has a quick first step."
McShay's most recent ESPN mock draft, which slots draft-eligible players through two rounds, has Curry going at pick No. 55 to the Atlanta Falcons, which jibes with McShay's grade.
Curry, a 6-foot-3, 264-pound defensive end who some teams like as a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, is the 14th defensive lineman and sixth defensive end selected in McShay's mock draft.
McShay's critique peppered in a few black marks against Curry, the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
"He's not an elite athlete, but he's athletic enough that he can get off of blocks and he can double-move guys," McShay said. "His motor is always going, it seems.
"I think with his instincts, and the way he plays the game, and the fact that he can get to the quarterback, I think he has a chance to really come in and contribute.
"He's never going to be an elite player because he's not an elite athlete and he doesn't have elite strength. You look at his arms and they're a little shorter than you want and you can pick apart the little things.
"When I watch him he has violent hands, uses his leverage well, always fighting to get to the ball and his motor's always running."
Curry, who hails from Neptune, N.J., has handled the ebbs and flows of the draft journey.
He admittedly struggled at times at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He posted a 4.98 40-yard dash time and had a 32-inch vertical. He did not perform on the bench press.