How do you get noticed as an NFL prospect coming out of tiny Beloit? Standing out over Wisconsin's pro day was an excellent route for Carrier, who showed off 4.5-second speed and a 38-inch vertical.
Beloit has only had two previous players drafted, tackle Jack Erickson in 1953 and quarterback Rod Hermes in 1956.
A versatile threat capable of playing tight end, wide receiver and H-Back, Carrier caught 75 passes for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. And he fits the physical mold of a league looking to unearth more threats like the Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, an athletic tight end who took snaps out of the backfield during the playoffs last season.
"A lot of other teams want to find their own Hernandez or their own (Rob) Gronkowski," Carrier told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "A guy who can split out and create a lot of mismatches. It kind of becomes the hot commodity for that draft."
All 32 teams requested film on Carrier after the pro day.
"It wasn't just a good workout - he had a great workout," a personnel man for an AFC team told the Journal Sentinel. "I've watched a little film of him. Beloit. . . isn't that Division III? But I think somebody will take a shot in the sixth or seventh (rounds). Maybe somebody takes him higher. He's a big kid and he ran awfully well."