Jan 282011
Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

January 28 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The defensive tackle bull-rushed at Gabe Carimi, but the Wisconsin offensive lineman wrestled him to the ground.

The tackle got up, but the aggressive Carimi clocked him again. And then again, even after the whistle blew, the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder gave the beaten tackle another shove.

It was a sequence this week at practice for Saturday’s Senior Bowl, and it reminded one of a former Eagles tackle who made up for any lack of physical skills with attitude: Jon Runyan.

And with some mock drafts already slotting Carimi to the Eagles in the first round – the Eagles are in need of offensive line help – it could be a comparison made until April.

Whether they are interested in selecting the 22-year-old is not known. But Carimi could give the Eagles something they’ve lacked since a certain right tackle stopped playing two years ago.

“He’s a little bit like a Jon Runyan,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He’s kind of got a little nasty to him.”

There are also the physical and geographical similarities. Both are built like Paul Bunyan – big and thick. Bunyan, of course, is a mythological lumberjack from the Midwest, and that’s where both hail from. Carimi is from Cottage Grove, Wis., and Runyan is from Flint, Mich.

Confidence is another trait they share.

“I was throwing a lot of people down yesterday,” Carimi said Tuesday after practice. “I threw a couple people down today, so a little less than yesterday, but I still played real good.”

Carimi played exclusively at left tackle in college but projects more as a right tackle because he doesn’t have great footwork. Runyan held down the right tackle spot for the Eagles for more than 10 seasons.

Winston Justice has been the Eagles right tackle for most of the last two seasons. But he struggled through parts of last season as the protector of left-handed quarterback Michael Vick’s blindside.

The Eagles may want to bring back both Justice and backup King Dunlap, and let them fight over the spot. Or they may look to the draft, which is considered much stronger in terms of offensive linemen this year as opposed to last, when the Eagles did not select an offensive lineman out of 13 picks.”

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