Position:DT Class: Sr School:
Iowa St. Conference:
Big 12 Ht., Wt.: 6'5½, 305 40 Time: 5.08 Grade: 3.24
BIO: Three-year starter and the team captain. Posted tackling numbers of 74/5/2 as a senior after 103/5/13 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Relentless interior lineman who plays hard until the whistle blows. Quickly gets off the ball with an explosive first step, doubled in the middle and tough to move off the point. Improved his fundamentals as a senior playing with better leverage and displaying an array of techniques to get off blocks. Immediately locates the ball carrier and effective stuffing the run.
NEGATIVES: Straight-line defender who lacks lateral speed and adjustment. Handled at the point and gets wired in blocks. Tests well athletically but does not look the part on the field. Marginal pass rusher.
ANALYSIS: A hard-working defender with a great attitude, Carstens has both size and playing potential for the next level. Will never be a stand out but could be an effective two down defender purposely used to stop the run.