NAME β Alex Carrington
Position β Defensive end
College β Arkansas State, graduated with psychology degree and a 3.52 GPA.
Status β Redshirt senior
Size/Weight β 6-5ΒΌ, 285 pounds
Important numbers β 4.98 in 40-yard dash, 26 reps at 225 pounds in bench press.
Age β 23 in the middle of June
Honors β He was twice named to the All-Sun Belt Conference first-team defense. Carrington was named the conference’s defensive player of the year as a junior when he had 10.5 sacks.
College career β After his redshirt freshman season was stopped short by an injury after eight games, Carrington never missed a game with the Red Wolves.Β The game of his career came against Western Kentucky back in December when he had four sacks, five tackles for loss, seven total tackles and returned a fumble 27 yards for the game winning TD.
Stats of note β Played in 44 games with 41 starts; Carrington had 146 total tackles, 40 tackles for loss and 31.5 sacks.
STRENGTHS β A great anchor on the end of the defense, especially against the run β¦ handles himself well with blockers and if he can’t disengage, he’ll string out the play β¦ he has good lateral agility β¦ plays hard and with aggression. Other than injury in ’06, he’s not missed any games.
WEAKNESSES β Does not have a burst on his pass rush that will make him a threat on the outside edge in the NFL β¦ Needs to develop more pass rush moves to take advantage of his power and size β¦ level of compensation will be questioned.
THE RIGHT 53? – Carrington is serious about football, but not to the exclusion of his six-year old son. He turned down offers to bigger programs (LSU, Mississippi) to play in Jonesboro to be near his child. He was able to balance fatherhood, football and studies, earning a degree in clinical psychology, which is not exactly basket weaving.
What he said β “I am dynamic.Β I can play inside or outside.Β I am a very effective run stopper.Β I can also play the pass and get to the QB.Β But I am best at stopping the run.”Β
End game β He has the perfect size, temperament and skills to play defensive end in the 3-4 scheme, but he’s got the versatility to be able to go inside or outside in the 4-3. Considering the increasing number of teams going to the 3-4 and the scarcity of good linemen for that defense, it’s hard to believe Carrington will get out of the second round without being drafted.
ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Absolutely, although to get him they would likely have to use one of their two choices in the second round. Given the selection of Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee last year, it’s hard to believe they would use another high choice on defensive end. If he’s still there in the third round, he would be too good to pass up.