Rashad Carmichael Scouting Report

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Rashad Carmichael Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: ACC
School: Virginia Tech Hokies
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #21
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 186 lbs.
Drafted 4.30 in 2011 by HOU

2011 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.56
Bench press13
Vertical jump31.0
Broad jump9'8
Three-cone drill6.69

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech

Rashad Carmichael has worked way his through Virginia Tech's cornerback pecking order over the last five years. If anybody has paid their dues, it has been Carmichael. After redshirting in 2006, Carmichael spent most of 2007 on mop-up duty at cornerback and playing special teams. By 2008 Carmichael was still spending a majority of his time on special teams, but did play in eight contests at the corner spot and even earned a start against East Carolina.

As an upperclassman Carmichael stepped into a full-time starting position opposite of Stephan Virgil. The opposition tended to shy away from Virgil's side of the field and Carmichael made them pay. On the year he recorded six interceptions -- one of which was returned for a touchdown -- six pass break-ups and had 12 passes defended. As the second corner on the team, Carmichael also showed his ability to blitz and he tallied 4.0 tackles-for-loss, one sack and six quarterback hurries. In 2010 Carmichael was the main corner and his blitzing was limited and it was now he who the opposing quarterback would hesitate to throw toward. Carmichael, despite an injury that caused him to miss the better part of two games, still tallied four interceptions.

Carmichael's speed is hard to ignore. He may not be the best cover corner in this class, but he can run with just about anybody. That should boost his draft stock when scouts get a better look at him leading up to April and he could sneak into the second round if he performs well.

1/15 Update: Carmichael had a big stage to try and boost his draft stock. However, the Hokies' defense never had a chance against Stanford in the Orange Bowl. The Virginia Tech front four had a ton of trouble getting pressure on Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck and he simply picked apart the secondary. That has not helped Carmichael leading up to the draft, but he is not the first, nor the last, to be embarrassed by Luck. For Carmichael, the workouts are now even more important or he could continue to slip down draft boards.

Last Updated Jan-15-2011 by Joel Welser

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