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Curry Burns

SELECTED BY SAN FRANCISCO , ROUND 7, PICK 16, OVERALL PICK 217
DB | (6-0, 216, 4.54) | Louisville
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Lettered as a true freshman in 1999. Started every game in 2000 and was a second-team All-Conference USA selection in '01, when he led his team in tackles and was the defensive MVP in the Liberty Bowl after a 12-tackle, one-interception performance. Had 14 tackles in 1999; 104 tackles, five passes broken up and two interceptions in 2000; and 107-4-4 in '01. Started seven of 12 games in '02 and had 111-7-2, three blocked kicks and two forced fumbles.

Positives: Big, strong, physical safety who hits hard, tackles well and is effective in short coverage. Has pretty good instincts, vision and awareness. Can plant and drive up on the ball. Has much better feel for the game than tests indicate. Is a sure tackler because he takes the best angle. Plays the ball and can make the tough catch. Also plays well against the run.

Negatives: Will struggle with his backpedal, his turn in coverage and on passes thrown over his head. Loses a lot when he turns to run deep with a receiver or to cover a lateral break. Plays too erect and struggles to maintain speed in transition.

Summary: Could contribute as a special-teamer and extra defensive back in the nickel and dime, but he lacks the speed and suddenness to play every down.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.