Now, is a very patient puncher and does a nice job delivering a compact, strong jolt into contact. But too often explosive defensive ends are able to reach the corner on his kick-slide, forcing him to quickly open up his hips and lunge into his target, hoping to push them past the play. Displays the ability to anchor with consistency against the bull rush and exhibits good power in his upper body once he get his hands on you.
Exhibits a good first step off the snap in the run game and is able to keep his pad level down much more consistently, creating initial movement as an in-line guy and looked comfortable when asked to seal defenders away from the play. Also, was pretty impressive in the open field for a guy his size, getting out to the second level with ease, reaching a target and sealing them from the play.
Impression: Isn’t a guy who I would trust on the left side at this stage in the NFL, but he can win for you in the run game and looks more like a solid right tackle prospect to me."
The Badgers are well known for supplying big uglies to the NFL and Carimi is the next in line, a potential first round pick. He possesses prototypical size at 6’7” and 325 pounds, with the ability to be dominant blocker in both the passing and rushing attacks. In the rushing game, the soon to be senior is capable of setting the edge with seal blocks to get his back around the corner or leading the way with powerful drive blocks. When he gets his 325 pounds going Carimi can really push defenders back and overpower them—when he gets some momentum, it’s over. The All-Big Ten performer also possesses the athleticism to pull and make blocks down the field. He really has impressive speed for a man of his size when he is searching for defenders to block. The one aspect of his game he needs to work on is ability to maintain leverage, but he has this season to do so. The Wisconsin boy is also an outstanding pass blocker, with the lateral agility and footwork to handle speed rushers off the edge. While he appears to have the physical ability it must be noted that Wisconsin’s power offense was rarely in obvious passing situations, so the jury is still sort of out as far as Carimi’s pass blocking consistency goes."
Movement: Tends to lose his balance too often. Must maintain a better base and get a more sound knee bend. When on the move, Carimi can lunge and miss a defender. Shows stiffness on his power step. Compensates for a lack of movement with power. Shouldn't be used as a cut blocker.
Pass blocking: Needs to be more stout as a pass blocker. Typically strong against bull rushes, but was knocked around at times by Iowa's Adrian Clayborn. The problem isn't in power base, but he doesn't always properly use it. Tends to let speed rushers get under his pads. Shows great instincts, due to his experience, to pick up counter moves.
Quickness: Is quick enough in the short area, but not long to the outside with his feet. Because of this, he can lose Has quick hands to win hand placement. Doesn't get his punch out quick to knock linemen around. Doesn't recover especially quick.
Run blocking: Carimi's strength is first contact with defenders in the run game. He gets off the ball pretty well and pops his opponents. Could do a better job finishing. He sustains fine but doesn't always close out with power and aggression. Is more of a latch-on run blocker. However, Carimi doesn't let go once he engages.
Strength: Carimi has NFL strength and should be able to be plugged into an offense immediately. Powerful throughout his frame. Has the strength to seal the edge.
Technique: Needs to maintain his base a little better. If Carimi can do that, he'll do a better job against speed rushers. Gets good hand position.
Final word: Being the guy who had to follow Joe Thomas at Wisconsin was a daunting task. Carimi, while nowhere near as good as Thomas, has done well. He's a power tackle best suited for the right side of the line. Carimi struggles some against speed rushers, but has good strength to anchor and seal."
Negatives: Inconsistent footwork in pass protection... Can be beat by speed... Bends at the waist, leans, reaches and lunges versus outside speed... Needs to work on maintaining his balance better... Doesn't always re-direct smoothly, especially on inside counter moves... Lateral footwork can get too long... Inconsistent kick step, either gets too wide or goes with heavy short steps... Has trouble on inside counter-moves... Gets too upright in pass protection, allows defenders under his pads, loses some battles for leverage... Struggles to stay low when firing off the ball when run blocking, allows his body to get ahead of his feet... Doesn't always get great movement in the running game... Doesn't possess the consistent footwork to play Left Tackle in the NFL."
A pure run-blocker with power and once he sticks a defender, he latches on and finishes plays with his strength. Although, he lacks ideal athleticism and footwork most NFL coaches are looking for in left tackles. Carimi tends to lean into defenders rather than using his hands and body position to his full advantage. He is considered a raw prospect who will likely need a year to develop; he is not a franchise offensive tackle. Things he will need to work on before heading to the next level: plays poorly in space and must learn the finer details of blocking technique to succeed in the NFL. Carimi is getting attention in a sparse year at his position for the draft.
The bottom line with Carimi is that he comes from a school known for producing tackles, but may not live up to those expectations. He is an NFL right tackle, but some teams may feel they can develop him and reach for him a bit in a year lacking elite tackle prospects. He will likely make a lot of first and second All-America teams due to his seniority and program, but his skills set doesn't match his talent."
Carimi can be tossed and torqued and tends to lean too much. Having too much stiffness in his body, he often overextends and does not finish blocks. He grades out like a third-rounder and would most ideally fit as a swing tackle, but he is functional enough to start in the NFL, as he did four years for Wisconsin, and likely will be overdrafted somewhere in the second round, potentially even at the back of the first if there is a run on big men."
He’s not the most athletic tackle and he struggles against speed rushers. He doesn’t do a good job of punching the defender off the snap, and tends to get to close, forcing himself to get his arms behind the defender potentially causing a holding call."
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