Year: Senior Height: 6’6 Weight: 296 40 Time: 4.90 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07) – Rank: 11th Mock Median: 11.0 (10 mocks) Lo: 6 Hi: 19 Most Frequent: 11 (49ers, 5 mocks)

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 3/17/07)

Here’s what the profiles have to say about Carriker: he is called the top rated 3-4 DE, a big, strong, quick player that’s stout against the run, both at the point and in pursuit, and he can collapse the pocket inside and be a factor in the pass rush. One profile compared Carriker to Richard Seymour in terms of style and approach. The profiles also raved about his character and commitment to football. Very team-oriented, focused, and mature, with plenty of experience as a three year starter. Reliable in every way. You get the sense he’s a refined player already. The sole complaint against Carriker is that he is not explosive enough to be an edge rushing threat. The Pats scheduled a work out with him this week, along with teammates Jay Moore (DE) and Stewart Bradley (LB). Defensive end may not leap off the page as a primary draft need, but I could understand this pick, if Carriker fits as well into the Pats scheme as the profiles claim. The Pats have just Jarvis Green and Mike Wright behind Seymour and Warren, and Wright is sometimes called to fill in on the nose. It seems like Carriker would be able to help right away here. The profiles say he can even be effective inside. Obviously, a starting caliber player would have longer-term impacts as well, perhaps even on Seymour himself. The mocks say he’ll almost certainly be picked in the early teens, meaning the Pats would have to swing a fairly significant trade to get him.


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