Alex Carrington, Arkansas St.
6' 5" 285 Lbs.
Being from a smaller school like Arkansas State, Carrington is still relatively unknown, but if he builds on his senior year in which he was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the year recording 19 tackles for loss (TFLs) and 11.5 sacks, he could be a very early draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
What helps Carrington in the eyes of NFL Scouts is his size. Those big 6’ 5” 285 pound defensive ends are hard to find. A player of that size is pretty versatile because he can play the defensive end position in a 34 or a 43 defense.
I think that is why LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson was drafted so early last year. Many, including myself, thought the Kansas City Chiefs should have drafted Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry with the 3rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Instead, they drafted Jackson who has similar size and ability to Alex Carrington.
Now I am not saying that Carrington will be drafted that high, I currently have him as a (pre-season) projected 3-4th round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He hasn’t played against the best competition and he has been known to have lapses in concentration at times, but if he can dominate the Sun Belt Conference once again and get invited to the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, anything is possible.
Prior to the 2009 college football season Carrington was named to the Lott Trophy Watch List and the Preliminary Lombardi Award Watch List. He is also a consensus first team Sun Belt All American. Carrington has tremendous quickness and strength, equally adept to play the run or the pass.
Alex Carrington was fantastic last year (2008) as a junior; he recorded 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss (TFL) to go along with 53 tackles and an interception. His 11.5 sacks last season ranked as the fourth most in Arkansas State history and he notched at least one sack in seven games. His TFL total ranked him 11th in the entire Division I and his sack total ranked him 14th nationally.
As a sophomore in 2007 he was an Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference selection, he recorded 38 tackles, including five for loss of 25 yards, and one sack. He was also was named to Phil Steele’s Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference.
As a red shirt freshman in 2006 he started six games at defensive end and played in eight before suffering a season-ending injury. Despite the injury, he still managed to record 14 tackles, including 11 solo tackles, one sack and two TFLs.