Preseason Profile: Derrick Carrier, WR

Derrick Carrier #89

College: Beloit
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 238 lbs
Arm Length: N/A
Hand Size: N/A

 

40 Yard Dash: 4.50
3 Cone Drill: 6.65
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.08
Bench Press: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 38″
Broad Jump: 122″

 

Derrick Carrier is truly playing the role of underdog this season. Coming into the league from Division III Beloit college he faces one of the biggest jumps in competition that one could imagine. As to be expected from anyone making the jump from Division III to the NFL, he dominated his opposition in college setting school records in catches, yards, and touchdowns just to name a few.

Standing at 6’3″ 238 lbs many expected Carrier to begin his career at tight end. The Raiders, who brought him in for a private workout prior the draft, had other ideas. Carrier has been working exclusively as a wide receiver through mini-camp and OTA’s making his battle for a roster spot that much tougher.

Carrier is not the type of guy who relies on talent alone to get ahead of the game though. He also prides himself on putting in the extra work off the field to make himself better. After a relentless training program throughout his time at Beloit, he was able to add nearly 70 pounds of muscle to his frame going from 170 to 238 lbs.

Derrick still faces long odds to make the final roster though, and will need to not only show a lot of potential on the offensive side of the ball but also prove his worth on special teams as well. A position switch to tight end at some point is not out of the question either, but a late change in training camp likely won’t give Carrier enough time to make an impression there before final cuts. Even if he doesn’t make the team this season, he is a great candidate for the practice squad giving him the needed time to develop his potential.

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