James Carpenter, OL
- Height: 6-foot-5
- Weight: 300 pounds
- School: Alabama
There are numerous questions surrounding Carpenter following an underwhelming performance at the NFL combine. Carpenter showed up on the heavy side in Indianapolis and struggled to lift 23 reps on the bench press before getting hurt. His Senior Bowl performance was also fairly nondescript as he was moved over to right tackle. He was not a highly regarded player when he arrived at Alabama, taking over at left tackle for former No. 6 overall pick Andre Smith. Carpenter quickly blossomed and started the last 27 games at left tackle for Alabama, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a senior. A late bloomer who joined the Crimson Tide out of Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas, Carpenter was a major factor during Mark Ingram's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2009. Alabama coach Nick Saban's pro-style offense and zone-blocking scheme are considered huge assets to Carpenter's development as a pass blocker. However, there are nagging concerns about a sprained ankle in 2010. Carpenter's stock may not be what it could have been, but he should not slip further than the third round.
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