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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Shhhh, don't tell anyone about sleeper WR

By Mike Sando

Bill Williamson's note about small-school receiver Derek Carrier visiting Seattle and Oakland is worth a look heading into the NFL draft.

Carrier, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, was clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has a 40-inch vertical and finished the 3-cone drill in 6.69 seconds, a fast time (Stephen Hill, who ran the 40 in 4.36 seconds at the combine, clocked 6.88 seconds in the 3-cone drill).

Those are impressive numbers, but Carrier played at Beloit College and wasn't even listed in the mainstream draft guides I collect from Pro Football Weekly and Ourlads. According to my records, no player from Beloit College has been drafted since Green Bay selected quarterback Rod Hermes in the 30th round (355th overall) of the 1956 draft.

The Seahawks have done well with undrafted wideouts recently. Doug Baldwin led them in receptions last season as an undrafted rookie from Stanford. Another undrafted rookie, Ricardo Lockette, emerged with two receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' final two games of the season.

Carrier had 75 receptions and 12 touchdowns last season.

"If Carrier went to an SEC school, he'd likely be an early-round pick," Williamson wrote. "As things stand, he is expected to go in the sixth or seventh round. There is no doubt that he is a project, but there is a lot to like."