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Nolan Carroll (CB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    204 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/4 in.
  • College:
    Maryland
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: Miami Dolphins
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 14 (145)
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Pick Analysis: The Dolphins pick up the athletic Nolan Carroll to bolster their depth at cornerback. The Maryland product showed promise as a press corner as a senior, and appears to be a good fit in the Dolphins' aggressive scheme. He will fight for playing time as a nickel or dime defender.

Overview

Carroll is a big, strong athlete with great intangibles. He has a good combination of size, strength and athleticism for the position. Nolan is a tough, hardnosed competitor who needs to refine his secondary techniques. He is best in press man coverage, where he can jam and re-route receivers. Carroll is an intelligent player to grasp football concepts but lacks great natural instincts. He is a willing run support player but can be inconsistent making the sure open-field tackle. He possesses average ball skills and has missed several opportunities to make the interception. Carroll has tools to develop but needs time to improve his overall reactions in combination coverages.


Strengths

Big corner with a muscular build. Possesses smooth hips and changes direction without losing momentum. Explodes out of his breaks and has an extra gear to close the gap in man coverage. Gets his hands on receivers at the line and re-routes them in press coverage. Vocal leader who pumps up his teammates.

Weaknesses

A bit late recognizing routes and gets caught looking into the backfield too often. Over-aggressive at times and is susceptible to double moves. Does not have good hands and struggles to make plays when the ball is in the air. Misses too many tackles in the open field and is inconsistent in run support.

Grade

2.7

 
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