By Adam Aniba
Draft Prospect Spotlight; Jackson Carman
Washington's blindside hasn't recovered since the loss of Trent Williams. This is new territory for the Burgundy & Gold after having dominant LT's decade after decade with Chris Samuels and Williams being the most recent blue chip at the position. There is a very real possibility that Ron Rivera could select a tackle at #19, but odds are the draft's top 3 LT's, will likely be off the board when Washington's first selection comes around.
Regardless of what Washington does in the first 2 rounds of the draft, talent from top NCAA programs at OT will still be available. Clemson OT Jackson Carman protected Trevor Lawrence's blind side for the last two seasons and is the focus of this Draft Prospect Spotlight.
3rd Rd Grade | OT/G | Clemson
Weight: 317 lbs
Wingspan: 80 7/8"
Arm length: 32 1/2"
Hand size: 9.62"
2020: Second-team All-ACC, second-team All-American selection.
Jackson Carman opened up running lanes for top 25 prospect Travis Etienne in addition to protecting the aforementioned Lawrence's blind side during his time at Clemson. Carman excelled in the run game, utilizing his combination of athleticism and power.
Prior to committing to Clemson, Carman was a finalist for the Anthony Munoz National Offensive Lineman of the Year award and the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year award while at Fairfield Senior HS in Ohio. During his first year at Clemson in 2018, Carman was active for 13 games during the National Championship run, playing in spot duty as a backup and in subpackages. The following year, Carman earned the starting LT job as a sophomore, playing in all 15 games during the 2019 season. He went on to play 12 games during his final year before dealing with a herniated disc.
Tale of the Tape
Dominant in the run game with a potential to be very good in pass pro
Shows good athleticism to be an effective pulling lineman with versatility to do the same if kicked inside to IOL
Extremely powerful at the point of attack
Agile for a man of his size
Although plays a bit upright, has the ability to improve in this area with NFL coaching
Won't get overwhelmed by the bull rush and shows a knack for redirecting pressure if beat to his gap
Fit in Washington
Washington's hole at LT needs to be resolved before week #1. If they pass on the position in Round 1, plug & play options will dwindle. However, in the case of Jackson Carman, his stock was dramatically affected by his recent surgery for a herniated disc (1/15/21) which resulted in him sitting out of the Clemson Pro-Day. His potential slide could result in a bargain for Washington, if available in the 3rd round. Similar to current LT/G Saadhiq Charles, Carman also could be asked to move inside. The Clemson LT proved to be effective against some of the top pass rushers in the country and all although he could be effective at IOL, he could have the opportunity with, Ron Rivera, to compete for a starting job as the blind side protector.
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*Draft grades cross referenced with The Draft Network and measurements from Clemson's Pro Day*