Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (HT: 6’1¼”, WT: 337 lbs.)
Fifth Round: 165th Pick
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- Massive, tipping the scale at 337 pounds. Stout, but muscular build without much bad weight.
- Former wrestler with a strong lower body and a low center of gravity.
- Occupies gaps and is capable of handling one- or two-gapping responsibilities, allowing teammates to roam free.
- Very strong upper body, excels in the weight room and flashes a powerful punch on the field.
- Sheer mass makes it difficult to redirect his momentum.
- Lined up over center and in the A-gap as a 1-technique; is capable of playing 0-, 1- and 2-technique.
- Is quick to engage, firing his hands into his opponent’s pads as he is coming out of his stance.
- Demonstrates an effective bull-rush, walking interior linemen back into the pocket.
- Can explode through blockers in short-yardage situations.
- Decent snap anticipation and initial quickness for his size.
- Holds up fairly well against double teams.
- Displays awareness, locating the ball.
- Capable of ripping and shedding blocks when he gets his hands on blockers first.
- Gives a good effort from the snap to the whistle.
- Has no history of significant injury, durability is not a concern.
- Productive over his career at Arkansas State, was dominant at times during his junior and senior seasons.
- Fairly short arms, measuring 31 ¾” limit him. He struggles to win against length.
- Inconsistent pad level and leverage, occasionally rising too high out of his stance.
- Marginal athlete with mediocre change of direction ability and lateral agility. Finished at or near the bottom of his position group in athletic tests at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- He must be quicker and more violent with his hands to keep longer blockers out of his pads.
- Top-heavy and prone to losing his balance, his momentum can be used against him.
- Not an impact pass-rusher, size and athletic profile do not translate well to a gap-shooting role. Could be seen exclusively as a situational run defender.
- Due to speed deficiencies, he has a very limited range in pursuit.
- Struggles at times to break down and tackle ball-carriers in space.
- Lack of length inhibits him from making tackles while being blocked.
- Needs to shed blocks quicker and more consistently.
- Questionable stamina.
- Played at a relatively low level of competition in the Sun Belt and was not often matched up against NFL-caliber blockers.
- First-team All-Sun Belt 2013
- First-team All-Sun Belt 2012
- Redshirted 2009
As one of this draft’s few pure nose tackles, Carrethers fits inside in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. A former wrestler with an understanding of leverage, he is capable of playing 0-, 1- and 2-technique.
While he is extremely strong and flashes some functional power, he appears to be a marginal athlete by NFL standards and will need to adjust to a drastically higher level of competition. He is worthy of a late-round selection and will earn his paychecks as a rotational run-stuffer.
Draft Projection: Sixth-Seventh Round