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    With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska



    Adam Carriker
    Height: 6'6"
    Weight: 296 lbs
    Position: Defensive End
    College: Nebraska

    40-Time: 4.9
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    Adam Carriker - St Louis Rams

    Strengths: Possesses outstanding size and good quickness for his size. Is tall, well-built and powerful. Shows adequate initial quickness and good agility for such a bigger DE prospect. He plays with adequate leverage and shows the base to take on blocks versus the run. He possesses very good upper body strength and will jar offensive linemen with his initial punch. He does a great job of anchoring at the line of scrimmage when teams run at him. He takes solid angles in pursuit and has become a reliable wrap-up tackler in space. Also is a powerful hitter. Shows good instincts as a pass rusher. Displays a wide array of power moves and is relentless in pursuit. Not a speed-rusher type off the edge, but he is productive because as an interior penetrator thanks to his quickness, power, versatility and motor.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal top-end speed. Does not show the speed or closing burst to consistently turn the corner as an edge rusher in the NFL. Doesn't have much value as an every-down defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Is a power-end type that will only fit well as a DE in a 3-4 or as a rotating DE/DT in a 4-3. He must continue to improve his hand-usage in order to consistently disengage quicker. Gets cut a lot and needs to do a better job of protecting his lower body.

    Overall: Carriker was redshirted in 2002. He played in nine games in 2003, missed three games with an ankle injury, and finished the year with three total tackles, one tackle for loss, and one sack. In 2004, he appeared in 10 games (eight starts), missed more time with an ankle injury, and recorded 36 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks for the season. Carriker then started all 12 games in 2005 at "base" defensive end, made 43 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and forced one fumble earning First Team All-Big 12 recognition from the Associated Press. Carriker started all 14 games in 2006 and finished with 52 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception and one blocked kick earning Associated Press All-Big 12 First Team honors for the second consecutive year.
    Carriker displays an impressive combination of size, agility and power. He came on strong during his final two seasons at Nebraska and he carried that momentum over into the postseason, where he impressed at the Senior Bowl, combine and Pro Day. While he lacks elite top-end speed to consistently turn the corner as a perimeter pass rusher in the NFL, Carriker should still be an effective pass rusher due to his relentless motor, instincts and quickness for his size. His versatility also helps his draft stock, as he can play inside in a 3-4 and outside in a 4-3. Because there is such a big market in the NFL right now for a player with his unique blend of skills, Carriker could easily become top-15 pick in April's draft.


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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    This is just fantastic. What a steal, what great value, what...lack of decent hyperbole to describe how elated I am.

    Where does he play?

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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    anyone else disappointed by this pick? Carriker strikes me as a tweener who doesn't excel enough at any one thing. He may develop into a solid player but will never be a star imo. I would love to see what you think about this pick, Nick.

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    Re: Adam Carriker - St Louis Rams

    Defensive End | Senior | Nebraska
    Adam CarrikerHeight: 6-6 | Weight: 296 | 40-Time: 4.90
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    Strengths:
    Has outstanding size and a big frame...Has tremendous strength and is extremely powerful...Holds his ground and is exceptional against the run...Has a motor that never stops...Solid tackler...Instinctive and pursues well...Is technically sound and uses his hands well...Is versatile and could play a number of different roles and positions...Very productive...Tough guy and a hard worker with great intangibles.

    Weaknesses:
    Is not overly athletic and lacks great timed speed...A DE / DT 'tweener...He might be too tall and has trouble protecting his lower body...Is not a great natural pass rusher...Is not explosive and doesn't have a burst to close...Has battled through a series of minor injuries during his career...May not be a good fit for every team.

    Notes:
    Might be able to move inside to tackle but his best fit at the pro level will probably come as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme...He isn't the type of flashy pass rusher we are accustomed to seeing from the position but that isn't everything...With so many teams now moving to the 34 defense there will probably be a high demand for this guy so don't be surprised if the "Blackshirt" goes higher than most expect.


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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by mcpeepants232003 View Post
    anyone else disappointed by this pick? Carriker strikes me as a tweener who doesn't excel enough at any one thing. He may develop into a solid player but will never be a star imo. I would love to see what you think about this pick, Nick.
    I think this guy has real superstar potential. He's one hell of a physical specimen. This is the kind of guy who can give an identity to our D.

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    Re: Adam Carriker - St Louis Rams

    Adam Carriker
    Height: 6-6
    Weight: 292
    Position: Defensive End
    College: Nebraska

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    OVERVIEW
    One of the Big 12's most dominant defensive players, Carriker has drawn favorable comparisons to New England Patriots standout Richard Seymour. Both have the explosive burst to penetrate the backfield and the range to chase down ball carriers along the perimeter.
    The team's 2004 Lifter of the Year, not only does Carriker have impressive strength and an imposing frame, but has also excelled in the classroom. He is a three-time All-Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member.
    Carriker was a standout quarterback and rush end at Kennewick High School in Washington. Even though his team did not win a game his senior year, he still earned second-team All-Big Nine Conference honors on defense and played in the state all-star game. Carriker recorded 15 sacks, five pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and 25 tackles for loss in his only season as a defensive end.
    He was a three-year starter at quarterback and served as a team captain three years. He ran track one year and earned All-Conference baseball honors three times as a designated hitter and first baseman. Academically, he was named to the Principal's list.
    Carriker attended Big Red Football School in 2001, and also visited Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State before choosing to enroll at Nebraska in 2002, spending the season as a defensive end on the scout team. A high ankle sprain in 2003 would sideline the reserve defensive end for three games. In limited action in nine contests, he made three tackles (2 solos) with a 9-yard sack and three pressures.
    His ankle problems continued in 2004, which cost him one game of action. He would go on to play in 10 games, starting four at right defensive end before shifting to left end for the final four games. He produced 36 tackles (19 solos) with three sacks, seven stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven pressures.
    Carriker started all year at "Base" (right) defensive end in 2005. He earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors and was named the team's Defensive MVP. He ranked seventh on the team with 43 tackles (26 solos), but he led the conference and ranked 15th in the nation with 9 sacks. His 17 stops for losses were a team-high and placed him fourth in the league. He added 21 pressures with three pass deflections and recovered one fumble.
    In 2006, Carriker was named All-Big 12 Conference first-team, Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, All-American third-team and team Defensive MVP. He started every game at "Base" defensive end, finishing with 52 tackles (24 solos), as he led the team with seven sacks and ranked second with 16 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He picked off a pass and deflected 12 others while also blocking a kick. He was also credited with 12 quarterback pressures.
    In 45 games at Nebraska, Carriker started 34 times. He collected 134 tackles (71 solos) with 20 sacks for minus-156 yards and 41 stops for losses totaling 184 yards. He posted 43 quarterback pressures and recovered one fumble. He also batted away six passes, picked off another and blocked one kick.

    ANALYSIS
    Positives: Has a well-built frame with long arms, good chest muscle definition, tight waist, good bubble and decent thickness in his thighs and calves Lacks sudden explosiveness, but shows the initial quickness, balance and body control to charge hard in his backside pursuit Keeps his pads down nicely for a player of his size, allowing him to gain position and hold his base well vs. double teams Has the functional change-of-direction agility to work his way down the line Demonstrates a punishing hand punch and excellent overall strength to easily handle multiple blockers, stack and control Plants his foot into the ground to anchor at the point of attack and is quite effective at shooting the gaps when working in-line Leader by example type, but the staff says he will not only play with pain, but simply refuses to come off the field when hurt Has a strong work ethic and is a good program type who does not hesitate to mentor the younger players Just adequate coming off the line, but uses his long arm reach and strength to gain advantage out of his stance Might be a better fit for tackle due to his lack of edge quickness, but he has the strength and size to destroy interior blockers on contact and bull rush with consistency Shows valid instincts and great vision to quickly locate and run to the ball Aware of blocking schemes and does a good job of locking out blockers and locating the ball at the X's Solid wrap-up tackler whose strength lets him quickly disengage from blocks Has the lower-body power in his anchor to neutralize double-team action, consistently stacking while holding ground Has enough speed to slip off some blocks and uses his hands well to keep the opponent off his body His arm strength lets him consistently gain separation, stuff and shed Also has the feet to adjust on the move Shows good desire and effort in his lateral pursuit (more on short-area play than going long distances) Does a nice job of neutralizing the outside run and forcing it back inside His long arms let him engulf ball carriers, showing good strike form to wrap, secure and take down Presses the corner well and uses his strength to compensate for adequate speed in attempts to pressure the pocket Gives a good second effort in attempts to disengage Lacks the extra burst to close on the quarterback, but will collide and push blockers back into the pocket Has enough functional quickness to pursue from the backside.
    Negatives: More of a power-oriented pass rusher than an explosive edge rusher, making him a better candidate to play one-gap as a defensive tackle Has a strong hand punch, but needs to recoil and set quicker when engaging blockers Also must keep his hands active; he lacks ideal chop-and-rip moves when trying to disengage Lacks an array of moves as a pass rusher and is more of a "meat and potatoes" type who prefers to punish the blocker rather than try to avoid Might be at maximum growth potential; the added bulk on his frame in 2006 impeded his explosion off the snap.
    Compares To: Richard Seymour, New England -- Carriker is more suited to play like Seymour does in the 3-4 alignment -- out on the edge as a run stuffer and inside as a pass rusher. He has outstanding strength and size, but needs to develop better hand usage in his attempts to disengage. He does a good job of splitting double-teams and does a good job of keeping his feet when moving through trash. He won't spend most of his time chasing down quarterbacks; he doesn't have the explosive closing speed. But he is very effective at pushing blockers back into the pocket. With his size/strength combination, using him as anything outside of the way Seymour plays would be wasting his athletic ability.

    INJURY REPORT
    2003: Suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Utah State (9/06), missing the next three games vs. Penn State, Southern Mississippi and Troy State.
    2004: Sat out the Pittsburgh contest after suffering a high ankle sprain vs. Southern Mississippi.

    AGILITY TESTS
    Campus: 4.85 in the 40-yard dash 440-pound bench press 600-pound squat 370-pound power clean 33 5/8-inch arm length 9 5/8-inch hands.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Attended Kennewick (Wash.) High School, playing football for head coach Warren Hull Played quarterback and defensive end Even though his did not win a game his senior year, Carriker still earned second-team All-Big Nine Conference honors on defense and played in the state all-star game Recorded 15 sacks, five pass deflections, four forced fumbles and 25 tackles for loss in his only season as a defensive end Was a three-year starter at quarterback and served as a team captain three years Ran track one year and earned All-Conference baseball honors three times as a designated hitter and first baseman Academically, he was named to the Principal's list.

    PERSONAL
    Graduated in December 2006 with a degree in Business Administration Three-time Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member After graduation, he was married to the former Angela McBride, the sister of former Husker defensive end Jeff McBride Volunteers his time as part of Nebraska's hospital visitations and as a speaker during American Education Week Born 5/06/84 in Hastings, Nebraska Resides in Kennewick, Wash., where his family moved to when he was 3 years old.


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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    theres no doubting his personal talent..its just a question of haslett and co and their talent for getting the most out of him in their system!

    welcome to the St.Louis Rams A.C:l

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    Re: Adam Carriker - St Louis Rams

    I love this pick. I was really concerned about the possiblity of us taking Alan branch. The last thing we need is another guy who gives questionable effort on the D-line. Carriker may not be a protype DT but I thbik we can be sure he is a high energy guy who will bring it every single play he is on the field.'

    Good pick guys!!!

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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    You picked it, Nick.

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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    I think they probably have a plan for what they want to do with him. It's been going around for a while that the Rams were high on him. And Linehan seems to be quite rigorous with his evaluation of prospect. I'm sure they wouldn't have taken him if they didn't have a role for him.
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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    I like it...our defense just got better! :l

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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    I thought for a horrible few minutes we were gonna pull the trigger on Quinn,really shocked Miami or minnesota didnt!

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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    The wait's been worth it! I have, yet again, a RamHusker!

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    Re: With the 13th pick, St. Louis selects Adam Carriker, DL, Nebraska

    anyone got any highlight videos of Carriker? i like the pick. Haslett was rubbing his hands with glee over the prospect of using Carriker on his defence

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