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Prospect Profiles: Rashad Carmichael


Triangle Numbers: 5-10, 192, 4.39

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Outstanding athleticism and very smooth
• Excellent speed and quickness with a burst
• Has fluid hips and nimble feet to transition
• Good hands, ball skills and leaping ability
• Effective in both man and zone coverage
• Tough and gives good effort in run support
• Extremely active, aggressive and competitive
• A hard worker and true student of the game
• Durable with lots of high-quality experience
• Can also contribute on special teams

• Height and bulk are merely average
• Instincts and awareness are lacking
• Is not really a reliable tackler
• Will gamble and take too many chances
• Not very strong and gets pushed around
• Raw and is not a polished technician

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Has above-average speed, plays faster than his timed speed… Interception totals have been very good in the last two seasons (six in 2009 and four in 2010)… Has a high motor, always gives a good effort on the field… Has good closing speed, pursues runners down field with intensity… Makes up for below-average tackling skills with heady play, will punch at the ball when tackling from behind… Is adequate in both man and zone coverage when playing off the receiver, has pretty good instincts and recognition skills… Has good ball skills and solid hands, plays the ball in the air like a receiver when he can locate it in time… Is a fluid athlete with fairly quick feet, has good body control when going up for the ball, does not play out of control most of the time.

Negatives: Slightly undersized… Is a little thin, could stand to add 10 to 15 pounds… Not an especially physical corner, does not play tough press coverage, will get pushed around by larger receivers and blockers… Lacks open-field tackling ability, needs to work on breaking down and develop better technique… Needs to do a better job locating the ball in the air, is slow to turn his head and find the ball in man coverage, will be at a disadvantage in jump-ball situations against taller receivers… Hips look stiff at times, allows too much space at the break when playing in close man coverage.

National Football Post:

A smaller, thinly put together corner who lacks ideal muscle tone and girth through both his upper and lower body. However, he’s an explosive defensive back who exhibits very good straight-line speed when asked to turn and run down the field and has the ability to make up for a false step. Is at his best in zone where he can keep his eyes in the backfield, squat on routes and drive on the football. Exhibits good instincts in space and combined with his closing burst he has the ability to consistently put himself around the play. Has experience playing both the boundary and field position at Virginia Tech and does a nice job playing sound assignment football. However, isn’t quite as effective in man coverage at this stage, especially when asked to play up near the line. Isn’t real physical in press and seems to really rush his footwork in his drop. Exhibits good bend in his back pedal initially, but his pad level seems to rise the further he has to sit into his drop. Also, gets long and leggy with his footwork and lacks ideal balance when asked to turn and run. Exhibits good fluidity in the hips, but allows himself to get too high when transitioning to run down the field and it will take him a couple steps to get back up to top-end speed.

Isn’t a real impressive tackler and struggles to break down on ball carriers in the run game. Tends to take poor angles, drops his head and fails to see what he wants to hit. Now, isn’t afraid to throw his body around and try to disengage the ball from man, but just has a tendency to whiff too often both in a phone booth and in space.

Impression: An explosive athlete who can really run and click and close on the football. Displays good ball skills as well, just lacks ideal footwork in his drop and balance out of his breaks. However, he’s a very good off man/zone guy and looks like a crafty nickel back at the next level, with the potential to start.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Rashad Carmichael is a small, thin, but athletic corner who projects to be a nickel back in the pros. Productive in college. Fast, athletic, fluid, aggressive. Tries hard. Won’t be a big factor in run support, despite willingness. Not a great tackler. His size will be an issue, unless he can gain weight without losing his explosiveness. As a nickel corner, could do much worse. Don’t think he will start, but will be able to keep up with faster receivers in the slot. 3rd or 4th round pick. Could provide nice depth.


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