Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State

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Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State

Postby Pudge » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:45 am

Alex Carrington
Arkansas State Senior

PROS: Has a nice first step and shows good closing burst on the quarterback and will deliver the hit. Shows a good motor. Can get leverage vs. the run and able to make stop at point of attack or in pursuit. Shows a decent swim move and inside move when coming off the edge.
CONS: Needs to improve at the point of attack. Needs to get off blocks better and use his hands to hold the point. Doesn't have great recognition and needs to do a better job playing contain on the edge. Doesn't have a good repetoire of pass rush moves.
OVERVIEW: He is a good fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Was very productive his last two seasons, combining for 19.5 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss showing ability to dominate lower level.
NFL FORECAST: Carrington reminds me of Antonio Smith, who plays for the Texans. He fits best in a 3-4 scheme, but can also be a decent option in a 4-3 for a team. He just needs more polish and needs to be coached up some more. If he can improve his hand technique and add some more pass rush moves to his repetoire, he should be a capable starter. Smith didn't have the greatest of starts in the league, but after a few years under his belt came into his own. And I'd suspect a similar path for Carrington. He'll never be an impact pass rusher, more the type of guy that can give you 4-6 sacks per year at most. But he has the ability and potential to develop into a solid two-way defender at end.
ATL FORECAST: Carrington offers size and could slide in at left end for the Falcons. His ability and potential to improve and play the run would make him a nice fit there. But he wouldn't add much to the Falcons pass rush and like Jamaal Anderson would be limited there. He could get some reps inside on passing downs, but he's not going to be great in that role, although he might be somewhat effective as a part-time tackle. He could bolster the Falcons rotation, but I'm not sure he would contribute much as a rookie since he offers little as a pass rusher and has room to grow as a run stopper. But by his second year, he should have cracked the lineup and basically give the Falcons the same value as Anderson, except having a better motor.
VALUE: He's a solid middle-round pick that a 3-4 team could target late in the fourth round, but a 4-3 team could probably wait until the fifth or sixth round.

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