The more you're around Aaron Curry, it's easier to understand what it is that the Seahawks like so much about the linebacker from Wake Forest.

There's just so much to like about the player - and person - that the team selected Saturday with the fourth pick overall in the NFL Draft.

That was apparent - (ital)again(ital) - Monday during Curry's introductory news conference at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Curry couldn't stop smiling as he sat between club president Tim Ruskell and coach Jim Mora. When it was his turn to talk, Curry was entertaining, analytical and even self-effacing.

The nattily attired Curry shared what it was like walking through the team's posh headquarters for the first time.

"Guys were screaming, 'Nice suit!' " he said. "I enjoyed it."

He revisited his draft-day comment about being a "mama's boy."

"I have pride in being a mama's boy," Curry said - a comment that prompted his mother, Chris, to drop and shake her head as she sat in the front row next to Curry's fiancée, Jamila Abdul-Hakim.

The best place to start in discussing Curry's body of work is his body.

He entered Wake Forest as a 196-pound linebacker, only to exit as a 254-pound winner of the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football.

Asked for the secret to his transformation, Curry offered, "It was countless hours in the weight room. Countless hours in the cafeteria, eating everything I could get my hands on. Always working out, and eating. That's what I did. I also did a lot of running. I did a lot of hills, running bleachers, pulling sleds, pushing sleds."

That sculpted frame also comes with artwork.

At the scouting combine in February, Curry gave reporters a tour of his tattoos. There's a barcode on his left shoulder for his favorite candy - Jujubes. There are the names of his brothers - Christopher and Brandon, one on each wrist. There's the one on his right shoulder that says "Property of Chris Curry." Just below it is an open space that was reserved for a picture of his mother - "was" being the operative word.

"She told me she'd beat me if I did," Curry said.

Of more importance to the Seahawks, however, is how Curry can use that body to help the defense rebound from ranking 30th in the league last season.

Curry will line up at the strong-side spot that opened when Julian Peterson was traded to the Detroit Lions last month.

"He fits perfectly with what we want to do," Mora said. "This is a guy that can run and is very good in pass coverage. We believe he has the ability to be a very good blitzer, as well.

"He sees the game well. He understands his position well. He's a very complete football player."

At one point, Mora was asked if there is a linebacker already in the league might remind fans of Curry.

"Not offhand. He is unique," Mora said. "Someday, they'll be comparing people to him."