Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio (Height: 5’11.5”; Weight: 206 lbs.)
Seventh Round: 219th Pick
- Big-bodied cornerback with above-average height and weight. His frame suggests he doesn’t need much time in an NFL conditioning program, as he is muscular and lean.
- Plays as fast as the 4.45 40-yard dash he allegedly ran at his pro day, per WOUB.org. He has the ability to run with most receivers, and his ratio of size to speed is even more impressive.
- Shows great hip fluidity when he lines up directly over the receiver. When he flips his hips open, he doesn’t lose steps or fall behind his assignment, and he’s able to run routes with the receiver instead of chasing him.
- Has quick feet in his backpedal that help him change directions and mirror his man. Physically, he has all of the traits needed to become a productive NFL player.
- Good short-area closing burst to defense passes right as the ball reaches the point of contest. His length also attributes to tipped passes.
- Well-accomplished and experienced player who also was a productive punt returner. His value on special teams will help him compete for a roster spot immediately.
- When running downfield with his man, he locates the ball well and uses his hands effectively to get into position to intercept it. There’s a fine line between interference and good coverage, but Carrie does well when he’s downfield and in position to locate the ball.
- Played well for most of his games against top competition. Buffalo receiver Alex Neutz and Louisville receiver DeVante Parker were defended well for most of their respective matchups with Carrie.
- Missed the 2012 season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Carrie was granted a medical redshirt and seemed to bounce back without limitations in 2013.
- Tends to get too physical. Will grab receivers past the five-yard area on comeback routes and draw holding calls. He will need to stay confident and read the route instead of fighting it.
- Gives poor effort on run plays, often getting washed out of the play and not worrying about his gap integrity. He could be afraid of contact.
- Struggles with press coverage because of his punch technique at the line of scrimmage. He needs considerable work on his technique, as teams will want him to be more scheme-versatile.
- Has a tendency to fall down, giving his receiver an easy reception. The issue doesn't seem to be athletic ability, but his ankle flexion could be lacking.
- Recognizes routes slowly in zone coverage, giving the quarterback the opportunity to throw his man open. As he gains experience, this can improve, since he was primarily a man-coverage cornerback.
- 2013 All-MAC first-team punt returner and third-team cornerback
- 2012 and 2013 team captain
- 2011 All-MAC second team
- 2014 NFL combine invitee
- 2014 East-West Shrine Game participant
Travis Carrie has all of the physical tools that coaches will want to mold. His mental processing and technique are lacking, but through time and hard work, he can improve them. If he can become more consistent and clean up his game, he has starter potential in the NFL. Due to the deep class, Carrie could hear his name as late as Day 3 of the NFL draft.
Draft Projection: Fifth Round