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Vernon Carey - OT Position: OT
Class: Sr
School: Miami (FL)
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6'4, 335
40 Time: 5.25
Grade: 3.9

Selected by Miami Dolphins
Round 1, pick 19 (19 overall)
BIO: Second-team all-conference selection as a senior after spending most of the campaign at guard. Moved into the starting lineup at right tackle as a junior.

POSITIVES: Large, dominant blocker who destroys opponents at the point of attack. Stays square, works to bend his knees and generally plays with good pad level. Strong run blocker that drives opponents off the line, works to finish and opens holes for the running game. Thick, powerful lower body and easily holds the point of attack. Decent athlete that can shuffle or slide laterally in a small area. Quick getting his hands up into opponents and jolts them with good punch. Adjusts well for a big man.

NEGATIVES: Not explosive off the snap into run blocks, ineffective in motion and looked restricted last season at guard. Ducks his head or overextends ,which adversely affects his blocking balance. Full-time conditioning could be a question.

ANALYSIS: As a junior at right tackle in 2002, Carey was one of the most dominant lineman in the nation and looked poised to become a first-round selection when he entered the draft. Looked out of sorts this season at guard last season and took a while to get adjusted. Still, a quality blocker that should be starting in the NFL by the end of his first season.

PROJECTION: Early Second Round

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