What both are is relentless in their rushes. And once they get into an NFL camp and learn more about "how" to rush the QB, they're going to be even more valuable.
As one former NFL personnel man told me Tuesday, Curry and Irvin are what in the business have been called "one-down guys."
Except the insider added that it's been a while since the NFL was a league where third down was that one down. The ball goes in the air early and often. So, there's no reason a "one-down guy" can't multiply his impact these days.
A few analysts have said Curry could sneak into the first round, becoming the third Herd alum to make that grade, joining Randy Moss, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich. Most think the former Marshall star will go in the first 10-12 picks of Round 2.
If you want a guesstimate from here, I'm going with Vinny to Miami (and its new 4-3 defensive scheme) at No. 44 ... coincidentally the same spot (2, 44) current WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck was picked as Mountaineer QB in 1982 by the Houston Oilers.
Irvin might stay on the board until the last few picks of Round 2, because he truly is a bit more of a specialist than Curry. While his work ethic and willingness to overcome a degree of personal difficulty - including never graduating from high school and going the GED route to junior college, then BCS brand football - he has had some character issues.
I think "Bruuuuce" will be one of four Mountaineer players to go in the draft's seven rounds, before defensive lineman Julian Miller, cornerback Keith Tandy and linebacker Najae Goode.
If those three are selected, it will bring the number of NFL-drafted WVU players recruited during the Rich Rodriguez regime to 17. Irvin came in during Bill Stewart's three-season tour of duty.
My projection for Irvin is No. 52 to Tennessee, or No. 58 by the Texans (although the Packers and Patriots might love him to slip a spot or few later into their 3-4s).
A draft throwback in history is interesting, too.
That first draft in 1936 had one QB - the Buckhannon Bobcats' Barnum - in nine rounds, and 81 selections by nine clubs. This 77th draft might have three quarterbacks taken in the first eight picks. That's why guys like Irvin and Curry are crucial in today's pro game.
The rush-in's are coming, the rush-in's are coming ...
Contact Sports Editor Jack Bogaczyk at ja...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.