Eagles looking at Gabe Carimi?

January, 26, 2011
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NFL scouts treasure Senior Bowl practices because they can see prospects in a variety of different situations. You see a lot of college offensive tackles moved inside to guard during these sessions. And there's an offensive tackle from Wisconsin named Gabe Carimi who keeps ending up with the Philadelphia Eagles in a lot of early mock drafts.

Les Bowen from the Daily News reports that Carimi's been talking to the Eagles' scouts and coaches during Senior Bowl week. And NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock told Bowen that Carimi reminded him of a former Eagles right tackle.

"The first two [offensive tackles Nate Solder and Anthony Castonzo] move a little bit better than Carimi; Carimi's more of a thug, which I mean in a positive sense," Mayock said. "He doesn't have the footwork of the other two. ... He could play left, but he's probably more of a right tackle. He's a little bit like a Jon Runyan; he's got a little bit of nasty to him. A little bit better run blocker than the other two. But if you put the Iowa tape on, he did a great job against [Adrian] Clayborn, without help. He did really well against one of the premier pass-rushers in college football."

Carimi is working at guard during the Senior Bowl, and he's receiving good reviews.

"This was my first time playing guard, out here, [and] I've been doing really well, stoning people in one-on-ones, and I'm not doing too bad in team periods, either," said Carimi. "I'd never pulled, before today, out of a guard position, but it was a learning experience."

It's not a sure thing the Eagles will select an offensive lineman in the first round, although it's a definite need.

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