by Tommy Lawlor , ScoutsNotebook.com
One of the top Senior OTs in the nation is Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin. He’s started 36 games at LT for the Badgers. Gabe took over when some guy named Joe Thomas left. Carimi lists at 6’7, 327. Those numbers might be off a little, but he’s a big dude. And he’s pretty athletic. I absolutely think he can be an NFL LT.
Carimi is a better run blocker than pass blocker. Gabe gets off the ball well. He’s a good drive blocker. He’s able to move his man off the ball. That’s due to effort and strength, as well as good form. Gabe bends his knees and plays with good leverage, especially for such a big guy. He can also pull and block on the move.
His pass pro is okay, but needs work. When Gabe spreads his feet, he has a really wide base. He doesn’t always use his hands well in pass pro. He’s got to improve in that area. Carimi does have pretty good feet. He has the physical skills to be a good pass blocker. He gets sloppy at times, but that’s something that coaching and practice can change. One of his bad habits is that Carimi will lunge at the defender on some plays. There’s no point in that. He needs to be smoother. Gabe is athletic enough to mirror the rusher and then use his hands to take control of the guy. Carimi is powerful and can be nasty on some plays. Against Indiana last year he put his defender on the ground on a pass play. Gabe got his hands on the guy and threw him down. That’s the kind of bully mentality you love in a LT. You can’t help but think of Tony Boselli when you see something like that.
Carimi had some struggles vs Iowa last year. DE Adrian Clayborn, a likely 1st rounder, gave him fits more than a few times. Clayborn is athletic and powerful, a tough combination for any blocker. The two teams meet on Oct. 23rd this year. It will be interesting to see who wins the battle between Gabe and Adrian.
Gabe needs a strong Senior year to be a 1st round pick, but I don’t think that is out of the question. He certainly won’t last too long in the draft. A guy with his size, athleticism, and experience will be in demand next April.
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Richmond has had one of the best I-AA programs over the last 5 years. Here is a good article on some key Seniors who should be NFL prospects. You have to love any team who is nicknamed the “Spiders”.