Photo of Ryan Carrethers
Drafted By: Chargers

Combine Results

5.18 ?
  • 5.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 26.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 88.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.89 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

At Arkansas State's pro day, Carrethers ran the 40-yard dash in 5.34 and 5.35 seconds, the three-cone drill in 7.89 seconds and did 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 337LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


The Nashville-area prep led his school to three consecutive championship games. Also lettered in wrestling. Redshirted in 2009. Appeared in 10 games in '10 as a reserve defensive lineman and had six tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks. Played in all 13 games in '11, moving into the starting lineup for the final six games at nose guard -- had 29-3-1.5. Started all 13 games at nose tackle in '12, recording 68-3.5-1. Broke out in '13, starting 13 times at nose tackle and tallying 93-8-4 with two blocked field goals. Lined up at fullback against Western Kentucky and rumbled into the end zone for a 1-yard score. Completed his career in dramatic fashion in the GoDaddy Bowl against Ball State, blocking a 38-yard field goal attempt that could have tied the game as time expired.



Big and thick with outstanding weight-room strength -- maintains low body fat, squats a small house and bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the combine. Has sheer mass and natural girth to dig in and hold his ground vs. double teams. Has a wrestling background and understands leverage. Has two-gap ability. Heavy tackler. Nice effort for a big man. Tough and durable. Solid personal and football character -- is devoted to his craft and has a professional approach to the game.


Lacks ideal height. Has short arms and small hands. Average initial quickness. Heavy-legged with limited range. Inconsistent contact balance at the point of attack -- rooted out of the hole more often than he should be. Needs to improve hand use -- quickness, placement and shed timing. Marginal pass-rush value. Stamina has to be monitored. Not a workout warrior -- across the board was one of the worst combine performers, including a 7-foot, 2-inch broad jump and 8.29-second 3-cone drill, both combine worsts.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Stoutly built, NFL-strong interior defender who was a literal and figurative anchor for the Red Wolves despite playing for four different head coaches. Could make a living occupying blocks and clogging run lanes as a two-down, rotational nose tackle in an odd front.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.