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A few minutes with James Carpenter

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 24, 2011 at 11:53 am with 4 Comments »
February 24, 2011 12:22 pm

Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter.

Someone that the Seattle Seahawks could take a look at as a mid-round prospect to compete for time at right tackle is Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter.

A junior college transfer from Coffeyeville [Kan.] Community College, Carpenter came in and started immediately for the Crimson Tide after Andre Smith left two years ago at left tackle, and Alabama’s offense didn’t miss a beat.

He also fared well at the Senior Bowl a month ago, holding his own among the top tackle prospects in this year’s draft.

Carpenter weighed in a 321 today, and is listed at 6-foot-4.

Although he played mostly tackle in college, Carpenter says he can play all five positions along the offensive line, and likes guard the best.

“I like guard because it’s just less space and you can use your power more,” he said.

One thing that Carpenter would have to adapt to if Seattle’s selects him is the team’s zone blocking scheme. Alabama was more of a power running team, but Carpenter said Alabama ran some zone, and he believes that he’s a good enough athlete to make the adjustment.

Rang said Carpenter is solid in pass protection, but his strength is drive blocking in the running game, something that could help bolster Seattle’s anemic rushing game.

“He played as well as some of the more highly touted tackles there,” Rang said about Carpenter’s performance at the Senior Bowl. “He showed a little bit better depth at his kick slide and his use of hands as pass blocker than he’s generally been credited for.

“Alabama in the past had always been traditionally more of a strong running team, and so to see him be as productive as he was as a pass blocker, I thought helped his stock, and I think turned some heads among the scouts as well.”

“This is a kid that came in as a junior college prospect and immediately and took over for Andre Smith at left tackle, a No. 6 overall pick, and they didn’t have any problem with him,” said Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for “And then when Alabama this season switched from a run-heavy offense that helped Mark Ingram get the Heisman trophy two years ago, to more of a pass-heavy approach this year, he was able to acclimate to that style and still be very successful.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him go in third round. If he goes in the fourth, I think it’s early in the fourth. And the reason I think he could slip to the fourth is because there’s so many good tackles in this year’s class, and in the NFL he’s not a true left tackle.”

Also, check out this article by Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports about how the different combine workouts help measure different positions.

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  1. Sarcasticus says:

    As someone who bleeds Crimson, I was not impressed with Carpenter. I think if you can get him in the late rounds, he could be a future RT for the ‘hawks. He is not spectacular, but I think he could be an average RT in the league.

    One of the reasons Alabama passed more this year was because the offensive line didn’t do a very good job of opening up holes. Granted, teams stacked the box to stop Ingram and Richardson, but they did that last year as well.

  2. So is he a guy that can actually help us? and would he be around, and lastly would he be worth a 1st round pick.

    since all of you are better at these things then I am.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I remember commenting on Carpenter during the Sr Bowl practices, that he was impressive and Sarcasticus (as I remember) responding that he was a bum (my word). He looked really strong at LT during drills but failed to perform well there during the game. RT seems right. And without a 3rd, he’s one of those players that may not be in the ‘Hawks cards.

  4. I don’t know about no performing well in the game Duke… He got beat for one sack, on that play the defender was clearly a yard offsides. He held up well against all of those DE’s that may go round 1. Kerrigan got dominated by Carpenter time and time again during the game.

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