Has nice pop off the snap and gets good position as a run blocker. Is a scrappy guy with good mean streak. Finishes his blocks and will drive defenders to the ground. Has potential as a cut blocker and mean streak is such that he'll even chop block guys downfield. Does a nice job getting out to the second level and getting the seal on the linebacker. Able to get out ahead of screens. Shows ability to pull as well. Initiates contact with the defender and has a strong hand punch in pass protection. Shows nice technique, staying square and bending his knees.
Lacks ideal feet and athleticism. Struggles against speed rushers and doesn't do well adjusting in space. Often is covered up by a tight end, so questions about his ability to block on an island consistently. Spends a bit too much time on the ground and will overextend and lose leverage.
Carimi can be an effective left tackle at the next level, but he probably fits best on the right side. He's a good run blocker that is mostly effective in pass protection because of his good technique and good strength. But he's not the type of guy that you want facing guys like DeMarcus Ware and Dwight Freeney on a weekly basis. With NFL coaching, he can be an effective left tackle, but he's a player that would probably be best starting on the right side early in his career and then moving over to the left later on much like Jammal Brown and Michael Roos. But he's a good run blocker that fits well in a zone-blocking scheme. He's not unathletic, but not the caliber of athlete that NFL teams like to have on the left side.
WHAT I WANT TO SEE IN 2010:
I want to see him be better against speed rushers and improve his footwork. His balance also needs work. But other than that, I'm not looking for a ton of improvement with Carimi, just more consistency. You see flashes of NFL ability to anchor the left side, but not on a consistent enough basis to give you a good feeling.
Carimi is a prospect similar to Bryan Bulaga, and thus if there are more athletic alternatives for teams to draft at left tackle, he could slip in the draft. But because of his ability as a run blocker, he's still a strong likelihood to be a first round pick. And if he can test well at the Combine and show improvement and consistency when facing speed, he'll have a chance to be a Top 10 pick. He'll face some good ends this year (like Adrian Clayborn and Ryan Kerrigan), but not really anyone that is considered a top speed rusher in the class of a Brandon Graham. So at this point, I would expect him to go somewhere in the middle of the first round.
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