"Amobi Okoye." That'll be a fun name for announcers to pronounce this year, as the defensive tackle from Louisville is bound to make an impact. Okoye is strong enough to play the position, often able to get a good push to...[More]
Chris Pokorny provides the most comprehensive, personable outlook regarding the 2007 draft.
DE | NebraskaAdam Carriker
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 296 | 40 Time: 4.90
Positives: Adam Carriker has good size for the defensive end position, and is more of a "power" guy than Gaines Adams and Jamaal Anderson are. His strength allows him to defend the run exceptionally well. He is technically sound and is intelligent enough to react appropriately during a game. On obvious passing downs, he can utilize his power to pursue the quarterback.
Negatives: Some people may consider him more of a defensive end due to his advantage of power over speed. He is not the greatest pass rusher, partially due to the fact that he doesn't have a quick first step off the line. Carriker has had several minor injuries during his career, but nothing serious enough to concern teams too much. Carriker probably wouldn't be a fit for every team in the league, so a team will have to make a judgment call based on their pre-existing system.
Notes: Because he isn't a flashy, speed rushing type of player, Carriker could fall into the latter parts of the first round. He may even fall into the second round, at which point he would be a very solid value pick up. Chances are that he'll be selected by a team with a 3-4 defense, so that he'll be relied on to plug the line while the linebackers focus on the pass rushing.