San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have selected Arkansas State DT Ryan Carrethers with the 165th overall pick in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL draft.
STRENGTHS Big and thick with outstanding weight-room strength — maintains low body fat, squats a small house and bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the combine. Has sheer mass and natural girth to dig in and hold his ground vs. double teams. Has a wrestling background and understands leverage. Has two-gap ability. Heavy tackler. Nice effort for a big man. Tough and durable. Solid personal and football character — is devoted to his craft and has a professional approach to the game.
WEAKNESSES Lacks ideal height. Has short arms and small hands. Average initial quickness. Heavy-legged with limited range. Inconsistent contact balance at the point of attack — rooted out of the hole more often than he should be. Needs to improve hand use — quickness, placement and shed timing. Marginal pass-rush value. Stamina has to be monitored. Not a workout warrior — across the board was one of the worst combine performers, including a 7-foot, 2-inch broad jump and 8.29-second 3-cone drill, both combine worsts.
BOTTOM LINE Stoutly built, NFL-strong interior defender who was a literal and figurative anchor for the Red Wolves despite playing for four different head coaches. Could make a living occupying blocks and clogging run lanes as a two-down, rotational nose tackle in an odd front.
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