Carimi: 'Can't comment on Patriots'

February, 24, 2011
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who is projected to be a first- or second-round selection in April’s draft, held nothing back when asked about his resume as an NFL prospect on Thursday at the NFL Combine.

“I’m a physical player that has gone against four potential first-round draft picks this year," Carimi said, later naming those players as defensive ends Adrian Clayborn (Iowa), Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Cam Heyward (Ohio State), and J.J. Watt (Wisconsin).

“I have a better resume than just about anybody. I have more talent, so that makes me more ready,” Carimi continued. “I’m physically stronger and have more career starts, so I have better knowledge of the game than any other tackle out there.”

Carimi confirmed that he has met with the Ravens already at the Combine, but was less forthcoming when asked if he had met with New England.

“I can’t comment on the Patriots,” he said with a smile. “Ask the Patriots.”

Over four seasons, Carimi started 49 games at left tackle for Wisconsin.

“Obviously, I think I can play left tackle, but it’s up to the organization and what their needs and wants are,” Carimi said. “I know I can play right away. I feel that’s my best aspect over other linemen, is that I’m a draft-ready tackle who will be able to play in the [NFL] next year.”

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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