2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Rashad Carmichael
Carmichael was just a two star recruit from Gwynn Park High School. He had to work his way up from the bottom of the totem pole after redshirting in 2006. He started playing special teams, and then got more playing time as a nickel back in 2008. By 2009, Carmichael had established himself as a corner to stay away from because of his excellent speed and ball skills.
Player Name: Rashad Carmichael
School: Virginia Tech
Carmichael is fast. Very fast. He will have no problems keeping up with the straight line speed of the NFL whether he’s playing in zone or man coverage. He has excellent closing speed and has a knack for making a play on the football when it’s in the air. He has soft hands in the air, and catches the ball at its highest point, and makes it difficult for the opposing wide receiver to make a play. He’s a bit of a ball hog, which is good when it comes to playing cornerback. Carmichael has very quick feet, and good change of direction. He moves with excellent fluidity and makes it look effortless covering downfield.
Carmichael sometimes struggles to turn and look for the ball, sometimes getting him in trouble with interference penalties. He could stand to add at least 5-7 pounds, and be more aggressive when tackling. He won’t make many tackles in the open field, despite his speed, as he lacks great fundamentals when tackling. He will struggle against more physical wide receivers, like Anquan Boldin, who will fight for the ball. He’s not very strong and could get bullied, especially in the red zone.
Carmichael is most likely a mid second to early third round pick. His speed will make it hard to pass him up as he will most likely post a sub 4.40 time at the 2011 NFL Combine. Look for Detroit, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Seattle and Baltimore to take a hard look at him at the end of the second round.
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