When it comes to deciding whether he will forgo his senior season at Georgia and apply for the NFL Draft, linebacker Rennie Curran said Tuesday there would be many factors that go into his final decision.
Not the least of which is his 14-month old Eleana, who Curran said is the top priority in his life right now.
"I definitely want to be able to provide for her," Curran said. "She's my heart. She's definitely going to be something I think about in terms of that decision."
Right now, Curran just wants to be the best dad that he can.
It is not easy when your football and class takes up at least 12 hours of your day. That is why he treasures Monday's off day, when he can spend time with Eleana at home in Gwinnett County.
"I get to spend the whole day with her," said Curran, reaching into his pocket to show pictures of his daughter on his phone. "We watch Dora the Explorer, things like that. It is fun. She keeps me running around."
His daughter's welfare will not be his only consideration.
Although Curran is not leaning one way or the other, but admits the thought of being able to help so many people in his family is an appealing one.
"There's no telling how many people I could help," Curran said. "I could even help back home in Liberia. The possibilities are endless."
Still, there is no timetable for any decision.
"I have no idea when I'll make it. I just know whenever God shows me, that's when I'll make it," he said. "Without a doubt it's something that's going to take a long time. I have even asked my teammates about. It's definitely something that can get your head spinning."
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Curran is probably not quite that tall, but according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, will certainly have an opportunity to play at the next level.
Kiper has rated Curran the No. 2 junior outside linebacker. He does not think he will be overlooked by scouts.
"I don't think he'll get overlooked, he's way too productive. You look at how he plays the game; he plays smart football. His size will be something you look at. He is my second highest rated OLB from the junior class. He has a very high grade," Kiper said in a recent blog on ESPN.com. "The size is something you have to put aside and the way he plays, he's a lot bigger than he is."
Current prognostications have Curran going anywhere from the second to third rounds, but the former Brookwood star said he'd have to do considerable more research before he comes to a final decision.
For example, would coming back for his senior season improve his stock in the 2011 draft?
"That's another thing that makes this kind of decision harder; what are your weaknesses; are they weaknesses that can be improved? It's something you have to think about," Curran said. "I've just got to be smart and patient with the process."
Curran said he would talk with former Bulldogs like Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, among others, to get their input and see how their situations correlated with his.
"I want to know what it's like on the other side. I've just got to be real with myself," Curran said. "It (the NFL) is something you've worked for your entire life. If the opportunity comes, you've got to analyze everything."
Just do not ask him to pin down a decision right now.
"I don't know what's going to happen, that's the biggest thing - the unknown," Curran said. "I just have to play it by ear and continue to work with what's got me to this point."
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