Born June 3, 1988
Carimi had a magnificent weigh in and looked very impressive.
Official weigh in information.
Height: 6071 (6 feet 7 inches and 1/8 inch)
Weight: 315 pounds
Hands: 10 3/8 inch hands
Arm Length: 35 2/8 inches
Wingspan: 83 2/8 inches (second largest wingspan to Mississippi State’s Derrick Sherrod)
Everyone was impressed with Carimi’s arm length, which was in question heading into Mobile.
The first two videos is Carimi vs Adrian Clayborn and Cameron Heyward two potential first round picks, the third video is the best quality and the easiest to see him in (#68 LT)
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Agility: This is what makes Carimi more of a right tackle prospect. He’s fine on the left in Wisconsin’s power run offense, but has heavy feet and doesn’t move in space especially well. Can’t be relied on to get out and block on the move
Run blocking: Carimi’s strength is first contact with defenders in the run game. He gets off the ball pretty well and pops his opponents. Could do a better job finishing. He sustains fine but doesn’t always close out with power and aggression. Is more of a latch-on run blocker. However, Carimi doesn’t let go once he engages.
Strength:Carimi has NFL strength and should be able to be plugged into an offense immediately. Powerful throughout his frame. Has the strength to seal the edge.
Technique: Needs to maintain his base a little better. If Carimi can do that, he’ll do a better job against speed rushers. Gets good hand position.
Final word: Being the guy who had to follow Joe Thomas at Wisconsin was a daunting task. Carimi, while nowhere near as good as Thomas, has done well. He’s a power tackle best suited for the right side of the line. Carimi struggles some against speed rushers, but has good strength to anchor and seal.
Summary: Carimi will play in the NFL for some team and start at right tackle. He is by no means a left tackle and I will be shocked if he is drafted in the first round next year. Carimi has size and he is a powerful run blocker, but lacks the athleticism, technique and consistency for him to be even discussed as a first-round talent. I think he is a second- or third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and I currently have a third-round grade on Carimi.Player Comparison: Jeremy Trueblood: Trueblood and Carimi both have similar body types and are punishing run blockers. However, Trueblood is just a solid starter at right tackle for Tampa Bay, and I think that is the most we can hope for out of Carimi in the NFL.
|Pass blocking: Has the elite agility and nimble feet to protect the quarterback’s blindside. Very difficult to turn the corner against because of his lateral movement and solid footwork. Also protects the inside lane well. Delivers a strong hand punch capable of knocking back an opponent, and is able to recoil and extend again. Uses his length to block his man with one hand and knock an edge blitzer off his path with the other. Quick to cut on bubble screens and reverses, though he could get more of his man’s legs to be truly effective. Bends at the waist while engaged; usually holds on to prevent secondary rush but will also end up on the ground too often.Run blocking: Known as an athletic pass protector, but is a strong blocker for the Badger run game. Has strong upper and lower body builds despite his height. Plays with leverage against stout defensive ends and tackles on the edge, can get under their pads and churn his legs to move them down or off the line. Effective combo blocker, gets a hand on a tackle and still manages to push ends out of the play on strong-side runs. Leans or bends at the waist to latch on at times, will get shed and lose his balance.Pulling/trapping: Usually not asked to pull or trap from the outside, but down-blocks often and has the quickness and footwork to move behind the line. Gets his quick hands out in front to get a piece of inside defenders before moving to the MIKE linebacker. Can sustain blocks in space because of his length and nimble feet.Initial Quickness: Elite first step in his kick slide and lateral movement, does not get beat off the edge very often. Also explodes off the ball on run plays, is capable of driving his man back a few yards. Defenders will take advantage of the quickness to take him upfield or knock him off balance, however.Downfield: Excellent footwork and agility to get downfield. Reaches linebackers at the second level and defensive backs further downfield equally well. Knows the proper angle to cut off defenders from the ballcarrier. Good lateral movement once engaged, gives effort to sustain against smaller defenders. Tends to bend at the waist and punch instead of moving after initial contact.Intangibles: Solid player with strong work ethic, as well as football and general intelligence. Received multiple Academic All-American and All-Big Ten awards. Missed three games in 2008 with right MCL sprain, but played through maladies in 2009: slight tear in right MCL scarring, left AC joint (shoulder) sprain, H1N1 virus. Fasted for 24 hours before 2008 game against Iowa in observance of Yom Kippur. (just find this interesting, and something I didn’t know)|
Big Board Rankings
CBS draft scout 29th
NFl draft Bible 21st
Where the Mocks Have Him Falling
Drafttek.com 1st round pick #23 Philadelphia Eagles
Walterfootball.com 1st round pick #23 Phiadelphia Eagles
CBS Rob Rang 1st round pick #30 NY Jets
Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Perloff 1st round pick #21 Kansas City Chiefs
FootballsFuture 1st round pick #27 Atlanta Falcons
Unlike many of the previous players profiled there is a very wide disparity of where people think Carimi can land. Though the earliest is usually in the low twenties (I’ve seen him mocked to the Giants before, but not presently).
Bartolis’ Final Thoughts
Carimi is generally thought of as a dominating punishing run blocker who should excel as a RT in the national football league. It is intersting to me that CBS draft scout referred to him as a “known pass protector” as his strenght, because that’s really not the book on him from most other places.
Carimi is also a fan favorite for Giants fans at sites like bigblueview and mockingthedraft.com because of the physicality he brings to the N.F.L.
I think Carimi is an underrated blocker and he might be the best bet at tackle in the N.F.L. draft (he does not have the highest upside that would be Derrick Sherrod, or Tyron Smith-profiles coming soon).
I’m not in love with Gabe Carimi in this draft, but I like him and I like him more than Anthony Castanzo (for the Giants). He’s a fine player and if Beatty is the LT of the future he could be a fine replacement for Kareem McKenzie at the right tackle spot. I think Carimi can still add some to his frame and it’s nice that he has big hands and long arms.
The problem I have with Carimi is I find it hard to give up a top twenty pick in the N.F.L. draft for a guy you want to play right tackle. There are a lot of powerful run blocking RT types who lack elite athleticism who can be found in a number of places. I go on about this ad naseum when I’m discussing draft, but you guys know by now that I’m a Big believer in Best Player Available and that’s not Carimi at 19, to me (maybe it will be to the Giants?).
First round picks, to me, especially in the top twenty are about finding impact players first, and then future starters if not impact players. Carimi is a nice player and I like that he’s tough and he can eventually take McKenzie’s run spot but I think he’d be miscasted as a LT if the Giants draft him to compete with Beatty and there is too much speed in the N.F.C East for Carimi and he could struggle mightily.
For me, if the Giants draft Carimi in the first round I’ll understand I’ll just be underwhelmed, but content. It’s not a sexy pick, but you can do much worse than a franchise Right tackle, I just don’t think you plan on getting a franchise RT in the first round.
David Diehl (in his prime)-Sure Diehl has played adequate at LT in his career and had a couple of good seasons, but he’s always probably been better inside at Guard or at RT. He’s a tough guy and has a yeomen work ethic, but he’s not a good N.F.L. LT, to me that is the kind of player Carimi is, although I think Carimi is more athletic than Diehl.
I was trying to come up with a better player comparision than Diehl because I didn’t want you guys to get your emotions overcome while thinking about Carimi but I can’t find a better one, though Carimi has more upside because he’s larger can get bigger and is a little better athlete, but the same type of player.
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