Photo of Christopher Carson
Drafted By: Seahawks

Combine Results

Grade
5.15 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 130.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Seattle will love Carson's physicality as a banger between the tackles, but their backfield may be too crowded as it stands. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Carson went the junior college route after a nice high school career in Georgia, signing with Butler Community College in Kansas and racking up over 1,600 yards and 17 scores in two years there. Though he led the Cowboys in rushing as a nine-game starter in 2015, his totals of 131 carries for 517 yards and four touchdowns (plus 17-170 receiving) weren't earth-shattering. Carson's senior year started off slow (12-45, TD in first two games) and then he missed four games with a thumb injury. He came on near the end of the year, though, finishing with 559 yards and nine touchdowns on just 82 carries, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 notice. Carson also caught 13 passes for 128 yards and a score in the nine games he played.

Analysis

Strengths

Built like an NFL running back. Chiseled from granite with a broad chest and thickly muscled shoulders. Reinvented himself from finesse to power after ribbing in the running backs meeting room. Lead shoulder carries pop in it. Drops pads at impact and is able to drive through initial contact. Bow-legged gait produces wider frame with better balance. Leg tackles often slide off and are left with nothing. Will press line of scrimmage to set up subtle cutback opportunity. Able to create separation out of backfield on crossing routes. Has adequate wiggle in open field after the catch. Never fumbled in 212 carries at Oklahoma State.

Weaknesses

Runs with tight hips and low-knee action. Runs too upright. Missing the flexibility to sink and cut sharply. Long strider who will struggle to gather his feet quickly enough for sudden change of direction against early penetration. Burst through line of of scrimmage is average. Lacks explosive, playmaking potential. Never notched a rush of over 26 yards during his 212 carries at Oklahoma State. Missed time this season and last with injuries.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Bottom Line

Carson is an immediate winner of the eyeball test, but that hasn't always been true of his running style. His shift from finesse to a more power-based running style fits his size and physical attributes and gives him a better shot of playing on Sundays. Carson is suited to a downhill attack that allows him to be the hammer rather than the nail, but he's unlikely to create for himself with elusiveness or speed. If Carson works out well, he could hear his name called on Day 3.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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