2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: James Carmon Interview

James Carmon NFL Draft

James Carmon is not a small man. (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Mississippi State OT James Carmon is an intriguing prospect. He is a massive human being standing 6’7″ 333 pounds and for that size he possesses tremendous athleticism.

Check out more on Carmon, including our interview with him, after the jump.

Recruited to Mississippi State to be a defensive lineman, Carmon did something unique his senior year. He switched positions from DT to OT. Not only did he make the switch to offensive tackle but he did so in the toughest division in college football; the SEC West. Carmon undertook the enviable task of replacing Derrick Sherrod who was picked in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Carmon was thrown right into the fire starting the first game of the season against Memphis and never looked back.

The transition wasn’t without growing pains. It took time to adjust and get comfotable at the position, but from watching James on film you can see a player who improved each week and someone who has potential as an NFL developmental tackle prospect. Playing LT in the SEC is unlike playing OT anywhere else in the country.

In one year alone Carmen was asked to block Dontari Poe, Corey Lemonier, Jarvis Jones, Courtney Upshaw, Jake Bequette and Melvin Ingram. All of whom will be drafted and almost all of them in the first round of the draft. None of those players compare to Jadeveon Clowney whom Carmon calls the “toughest player he has had to block” and a “physical freak”. Carmon held his own and if he can continue to show the improvement he did in his one year playing the position the future could be bright for Carmon.

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3 Responses to “2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: James Carmon Interview”

  1. dslave says:

    Imangine if Mankins was the smallest guy on the line? In my opinion, THEY DONT NEED TO WASTE a high draft choice on a center .COACH SCAR IS BEST AT DEVELOPING. They went that far without my guy KOPPEN, started connelly, wendell, and ben macdonald if im correct.I would like the pick but they havent drafted a center as high as round 5 or 6 in 3 years, remember ted larson, he a left guard for tampa. he didnt make the 53 as a rookie, tampa took him off the practice squad.

  2. Jeff says:

    Gime this guy in the 3rd or 4th round all day long as a backup for Vollmer and Solder! With Light probably retiring…look for BB to be looking for a backup swing Tackle, and possible starter for the right side in case Vollmer’s back continues to be an issue. This kid would fit right in with Vollmer (6’8″ 320) and Solder (6’9″ 315) and provide even more beef along the line with Cannon (6’5″ 350) waiting in the wings at OG.

    Add in possibly grabbing Ben Jones at C (6’3″ 325) and you’re looking at some serious beef on the OL!

  3. Jim R says:

    Jadeveon Clowney is Vontaze Burfict without baggage.

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