Now, please don’t take this article as me saying Curl certainly SHOULD move to free safety, but rather for some who claim the former corner is not athletic enough to make the transition, I give you this from my friend Martino DeSalvage, who trains some of the best athletes in the DMV - including our very own Morgan Moses, Saahdiq Charles, Jimmy Moreland and Kam Curl...just to name a few.
Martino has been sending me videos of some of the members of the Washington Football Team that he trains since last year. It was him who put me on to Morgan Moses as he worked his tail off last summer and came into camp in the best shape he’s been in years.
Now, keep in mind that Curl was a former corner-turned-safety in college at Arkansas. The 6’2” 198 pounder had a 4.6 40 yard dash, a 34.5 inch vertical and repped 225 pounds 24 times.
For those who claim he’s too slow, here are some times of other very good free safeties in the NFL.
- Marcus Williams: 4.56
- Anthony Harris: 4.56
- Justin Simmons: 4.61
In the posted video, I see quick feet, loose hips, a smooth transition out of his backpedal and good acceleration to the SKLZ Reactive Catch trainer.
As a rookie last year, Curl posted 88 total tackles, four for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions and four passed defended.
With Landon Collins returning from a season ending Achilles injury, the secondary may turn a bit crowded. If Del-Rio desires to get the best 11 on the field together, playing Curl at free safety may be an option worth looking into.
Speaking of Del-Rio, in the video below, you hear coach address Curl at the 8:28 mark. Notice he does mention free safety...
Here are some video highlights for your viewing pleasure.
Kam Curl was the steal of the 2020 draft:— Nathan Coleman (@JHawkChalk_) April 21, 2021
✅Led all rookie DBs in Sacks+INTs
✅1st in Run Percentage in the NFL(@PFF)
✅1 penalty in 763 snaps
✅1st in coverage grade for all rookie DBs
✅Led all safeties in tackles after week 9
Who’s flying under the radar in the 2021 draft? pic.twitter.com/91Ua5n7A3p
Kam Curl had a special year in his rookie season.— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) February 5, 2021
Worked everywhere for Del Rio’s unit. Played single-high, in the box; he allowed Washington to get creative defensively.
Looking forward to his development. pic.twitter.com/aonmTfzoBa
Should Washington try Kam Curl at FS?
This poll is closed
Yes - He has the skills to excel there
No - He’s best suited as a SS and Dime LB