Ryan Carrethers,

School: Arkansas State  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Nashville, TN
Height/Weight: / lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill

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Player Overview

A two-star DL recruit, Carrethers received attention from mostly FCS programs, but committed to Arkansas State, his lone FBS offer.

After redshirting in 2009 and riding the bench in 2010, he earned the starting job halfway through his sophomore season and his production grew from there, finishing second on the team with 93 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss in 2013 ? also had a rushing score on offense as a senior.

Carrethers has the sheer size, strength numbers and wrestling background that will interest scouts before they even turn on the tape. He is more athletic than he looks, but his range is very limited and needs to play with the consistent hand placement to maximize his strength potential. Carrethers plays with the same competitive temperament from snap-to-snap and in his preparation between games.

He is a short-area defender who takes up space, plugs the middle and eats double-teams ? will be more appealing to 3-4 defensive teams looking for a two-gap NG.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Stout base with proportionate upper and lower body bulk, carrying his weight well?solid short-area burst with good snap reaction to fire out of his stance ? has some lateral agility to sidestep blockers?excellent initial strength to shock blockers when he lands proper hand placement, extending well with the balance to keep his feet while working off blocks?displays the POA power to latch-and-drive blockers.

Good eye level and backfield vision to track and make plays in the middle of the field?anchors well vs. multiple blockers, holding his ground and making it tough for blockers to dictate his path?strong hands to secure tackles at contact with outstanding tackle production for his position (161 total tackles as a junior and senior)?mature, reliable player who shows up to work every day, proving his durability with 32 straight starts to end his career ? earned multiple All-Sun Belt honors.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal length and hand size and needs to keep his weight under control?bad habit of getting too high out of his stance and exposing his body to blockers?not a rangy player and takes a moment when changing directions ? heavy mover who won?t make many plays away from the middle of the LOS?limited pass rush ability and lacks much of a feel in this area.

Needs to do a better job controlling his momentum on the move to take accurate angles and make stops while in motion ? has trouble with shifty runners in space?hand placement runs hot/cold with room to improve in this area?didn?t face top-level competition playing in the Sun Belt Conference.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 5/165 -- Ryan Carrethers, NT, 6-1, 337, Arkansas State...Eager to get an anchor in the middle, the Chargers took a flier with Carrethers. He's an All Sun-Belt performer and delivers the girth and strength that the Chargers seek; he lifted 225 pounds 32 times at the combine. He has a wrestling background and is keen on obtaining the proper leverage. - The Sports Xchange


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