NFL Draft Profiles: Pass Rushers (Part 1)

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas State nose tackle

Ryan Carrethers

speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-1 WEIGHT: 337 COLLEGE: Arkansas State

10 YARD SPLIT: 1.78 BENCH: 32 BROAD: 7’4″

Ryan Carrethers is the first of two late round flier prospects the Chiefs may gamble on.

A run-first guy who has developing pass rushing skills, Carrethers is a massive human being who could use some consistency and stability in his game. In the four years Carrethers played at Arkansas State he had to adjust to four different head coaches, including Hugh Freeze (now coaching at Ole Miss) and Gus Malzahn (now coaching at Auburn). Where ever Carrethers ends up it’ll be his fifth head coach in five years.

The body and strength are worth taking a chance on. At 6-1, 337 pounds, Carrethers eats up a lot of space. He’s already good against the run, recording 93 tackles in 13 games as a defensive tackle for the Red Wolves last season. There is definitely something to work with there as a player.

If the Chiefs can help him improve and be consistent with his technique, he would be an excellent cheap options to be Poe’s back up as a nose tackle.

Nolan Nawrocki on Carrethers:

"Big and thick with outstanding weight-room strength — squats a small house and maintains low body fat. 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."

Carrethers is a seventh round/undrafted prospect.