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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Alex Carrington

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 285 | College: Arkansas State
 
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Overview

A three-time All-Sun Belt selection, including earning first-team accolades after his final two seasons with the Red Wolves, Carrington leaves with 21.5 career sacks -- the fourth-highest total in conference history.

An early contributor to the program, Carrington notched 14 tackles for the Red Wolves in 2006 before going down to injury. He emerged as a young star in 2007 with 38 tackles, including five tackles for loss and a sack in earning honorable mention accolades from league coaches.

Carrington exploded onto the national stage in 2008, posting 53 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks -- among the most dominant seasons in conference history. For his efforts Carrington was voted the 2008 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Despite being the obvious focus of every opponent's blocking scheme in 2009, Carrington's totals (41-14.5-9) remained impressive.

Carrington doesn't possess the burst off the snap to duplicate his success as a pass rusher in the NFL. His rare size and strength make him a good fit, however, to remain at the strong-side defensive end position in either the 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

Analysis

Pass rush: Only marginal initial quickness off the snap and lacks the speed to consistently pressure the tackle's outside shoulder as an edge rusher. Good strength and arm length for the bull rush, but relies on this technique too often. Incorporates a rip or spin into his repertoire, on occasion, but rarely. Can get upfield quickly due to his long stride. Closes quickly when he has a free lane. Doesn't use his hands and size to his advantage as a pass rusher, only batting down two passes over the past two years.

Run defense: His best area. Has the length and strength to hold up at the point of attack. Locks-out with the tackle and has the lateral agility and balance to work his way toward the sideline, stringing out the sweep. Instinctive, physical run defender that rarely loses contain.

Explosion: Average quickness off the snap, rarely forcing the tackle onto his heels in pass protection. Flashes some pop with his initial punch to break free from the offensive tackle, but isn't consistent enough in this area.

Strength: Lacks the explosive strength to instantly disengage, but is "country strong" and thus can walk the pass blocker into the pocket on the bull rush, as well as hold up at the point of attack in the running game. Plays low to the ground despite his frame and flashes the ability to toss aside the blocker to make the play in the hole.

Tackling: Good balance and strength to slide off blocks and latch onto runners as they go by for tackles near the line of scrimmage. Has a short burst to close when opportunities present themselves. Flashes some pop on arrival, but isn't an explosive hitter. Long arms are useful in tight quarters, as he's often able to trip up elusive runners even if he is forced to lunge at them due to moderate lateral agility and straight-line speed.

Intangibles: Graduated with a 3.52 GPA in Psychology and plans to return to grad school and become a clinical psychologist after his football career. Recruited by the likes of LSU and Mississippi, among others, but elected to come to Arkansas State to remain closest to his son. Started the final 36 games of his career. Also plays on special teams, including as an in-line blocker on the field goal and PAT units.

2009 Season

Carrington, the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, finished the season with nine sacks that tied the most this season and the eighth most all-time by an SBC player. He completed his career with 21.5 sacks for the second most ever by an ASU player and the fourth most in Sun Belt history. Carrington also recorded a team-high 14.5 sacks in 2009, which was the third most in the league.

2008 Season

The 2008 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and CollegeFootballNews.com Midseason Second Team All-America selection had one of the most dominating seasons ever by a Sun Belt Conference defensive player, finishing just one sack shy of the Sun Belt Conference record 11.5 . . . The First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection finished the season ranked tied for 14th in the nation in sacks and seventh in the nation in tackles for loss (19). His 11.5 sacks this season rank as the fourth most in ASU history and he posted at least one sack in seven games . . . He had multiple sacks in three games, including a career-high 2.5 sacks against ULM . . . He tallied at least one tackle for loss in 10 of 12 games, registering a season-high three tackles for loss in three different games . . . His 53 tackles were the sixth most on the team and most among defensive linemen . . . He also recorded his first career interception this season . . . He had a season-high eight tackles, but finished with a least five tackles in six games . . . He is the first defensive lineman to win the Sun Belt Conference's Defensive Player of the Year Award since 2005 (Middle Tennessee's Jeff Jeff Littlejohn) and the fourth defensive lineman to ever receive the honor.

2007 Season

A 2007 Honorbale Mention All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Carrington had the best season of his young career in 2007 with 38 tackles, including five for loss of 25 yards, and one sack . . . Also named Phil Steele's Honorbale Mention All-Sun Belt Conference . . . He posted a career-high nine tackles in ASU's victory over Memphis and had a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss against Louisiana-Lafayette . . . He also had eight tackles against Louisiana-Monroe and posted three or more tackles in seven games . . . He helped lead the ASU defense that ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense, No. 2 in rushing defense, No. 2 in scoring defense and No. 2 in pass defense . . . Carrington was named to Phil Steele's Mid- Season All-Sun Belt Conference First Team.

2006 Season

Started six games at defensive end for the Indians in 2006, and saw action in eight total games before suffering a season-ending injury . . . Notched 14 tackles on the year, including 11 solo tackles . . . Had two tackles for losses on the year, including one quarterback sack against SMU Sept. 23 . . . Had a season-high four stops Oct. 28 at Florida Atlantic.

2005 Season

Redshirted and participated on the scout team.

High School

Recorded 84 tackles, six sacks and forced three fumbles as a senior . . . All-region . . . Won coach's award . . . Named to school's Who's Who . . . Helped team to quarterfinalist round in playoffs . . . Recruited by LSU, Louisiana Tech and Ohio . . . 2004 Daily Journal first-team selection.

Personal

Born June 19,1987 . . . Son of Helen Carrington and Joe Williams.

 
Latest News
04/26/2010 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 3/72 -- Alex Carrington, DE, 6-5, 285, Arkansas State, Was the 2008 Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year with 10.5 sacks and added nine more last year as a senior. With his size and speed, should see instant playing time in the team's rotation up front.

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