Ryan Carrethers NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Chargers DT

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

Arkansas State defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy

Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (HT: 6’1¼”, WT: 337 lbs.)

San Diego Chargers

Fifth Round: 165th Pick

Combine Weigh-in
6'1 1/4"33731 3/4"9 3/8"
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeBench



  • 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.


Collegiate Statistics
2010Arkansas State60.00.000
2011Arkansas State293.01.500
2012Arkansas State683.51.000
2013Arkansas State938.04.000


Personal Notes

  • First-team All-Sun Belt 2013
  • First-team All-Sun Belt 2012
  • Redshirted 2009


Ratings Chart




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