Seahawks Go Bold And Shock With Carpenter At 25

The Crimson Tide Product Was A Reach

NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on James Carpenter:

• Ideal height and bulk with a large frame
• Above average athleticism, agility and quickness
• Has nimble feet to slide laterally and mirror
• Can work in space and get to the second level
• Understands body positioning and angles
• Versatile and could project to multiple positions
• Durable and fared well versus elite competition

• Does not have very long arms
• Questionable instincts and awareness
• Doesn’t get a great push in the run game
• Not real stout at the point of attack
• Is not overly strong or powerful
• Not nasty and may lack a killer instinct
• Overall intelligence might be an issue

A two-year starter at left tackle for the Crimson Tide — JUCO transfer from Coffeyeville Community College in Kansas, where he was an All-American — Earned All-SEC notice in both 2009 and 2010 — Did not miss a game during time in Tuscaloosa — Could project to either offensive tackle or offensive guard at the next level — Best fit might come in a zone blocking scheme — The type who does everything well but nothing great — Is talented enough  to compete for a starting job.

Russ’ Take: Developmental project who figures to help sometime in the near future, right?  I don’t understand this selection.  Very raw, inexperienced lineman.  At least they are committed to a plan – something that has to be considered in the mix of things.  Still, why don’t you go for a sure-fire playmaker?  But he’s from Alabama…

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