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San Diego Chargers select Arkansas State DT Ryan Carrethers With Fifth Round Pick


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.

The Chargers entered the draft needing to add to their nose tackle depth to along with assumed Sean Lissemore and Kwame Geathers and have done that with the addition of Ryan Carrethers. 

Ryan Carrethers is 6-foot-1 and 337 pounds fits well in the middle of a 3-4 defense as a pure nose tackle.

Here’s a scouting report of Ryan Carrethers by Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com:

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.

Comment below Chargers fans and let me know what you think of the pick.

Tags: Nfl Draft Ryan Carrethers San Diego Chargers

  • Nick619chargers4life

    It’s another solid pick

  • arnie

    This sounds like just what the middle of the Charger D needs.

  • Daniel Sutter

    How Pagano rotates NTs this is exactly the type of player we needed. Paganos system doesnt ask the NT to rush much either so someone who’s strength is holding the middle is perfect for the system…

  • jamfed

    This guy is a wrestler that is a strong as an ox and can squat 720 lbs. He played well last season and with good coaching, he can be really good in a couple of years. I’m sure he’ll get a lot of playing time this season too.