The verdict from the “experts” is in, and it’s almost unanimous: The Seahawks “reached” in selecting James Carpenter in the first round of the NFL Draft.
At least that’s what everyone from ESPN’s Mel Kiper, to Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Narocki, to ESPN’s Trent Dilfer had to say about the decision to take the tackle from Alabama with the 25th pick in the first round.
Actually, it was more of a stretch, because that’s what general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll had to do while embracing the 6-foot-4, 321-pound Carpenter at his introductory news conference Saturday morning.
The thing that stood out most about Carpenter was not his height, weight or even the dreadlocks that framed his smiling face. It was how thick he is. Tough-to-get-your-arms-around thick.
“A big, massive guy,” was the suitable description offered by first-year line coach Tom Cable.