CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Vinny Curry's voice trailed off mid-sentence as he discussed the NFL Draft, which begins in earnest tonight at 8 at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall.
The former Marshall University football star isn't one to eschew politeness, so I inquired as to what had halted our phone conversation Tuesday morning.
"I'm ordering a bagel," Curry said before muttering potential pastry-topping combinations. "Wheat bagel, toasted, butter."
Solid choice but, umm, what do you think about this three-day professional football draft that will change your life forever?
"I'm in very good spirits, man," he said. "I feel like this is what it is and what's going to be is what's going to be.
"The Marshall fan base knows I'm a great player, my former coaches know I'm a great player and I know I'm a great player. In my heart, I know I am. I think I'm the best defensive end in the draft.
"Now, I just got to let the chips fall where they may."
Don't mistake Curry's bravado as anything more than a sense of peace and confidence in what he has to offer and what may unfold for him tonight (or Friday, if he falls to the second or third round).
It seemed certain that Curry's draft position had settled in the mid-to-late second round, but blemishes to other pass rushers has the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year surging up draft boards at the optimal time.
The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive end could go higher than anticipated.
"I think Thursday," Marshall defensive coordinator Chris Rippon said. "From what I'm hearing and the people I'm talking to ...
"Andrew Luck, OK, you know. After that ... 4-3 teams. There's what, 32 teams in the league? ... There's half of them. Or does one of the 3-4 teams think they can change him and put him in a two-point stance?
"He's a first-round kid. Talent-wise, kid-wise, character-wise. First day.
"I would be real surprised if that doesn't happen."
If you think Coach Rip is just supporting his guy, he isn't alone in that assessment. We'll circle back to that.
Curry visited 13 teams, starting with the Carolina Panthers. He was quizzed and critiqued by general managers and head coaches and scouts.
"I went over playbooks, watched film, met each coaching staff and learned what each team did last year," he said.
There are plenty of pass rushers who consistently rank higher than Curry on the plethora of draft boards at your perusal on the Internet.