When defensive end Adam Carriker met with the media at the Combine in February, he provided some details about his specific role in the Cornhuskers' defense.
"In our defensive scheme in Nebraska, I wasn't really allowed to just come off the ball, fly off the ball and make plays," he said. "I was like a two-gap guy. I either took up two gaps or two offensive linemen."
The 6-foot-6, 296-pound Carriker is currently ranked as the 11th best player in this year's draft by Scout.com NFL Expert Tom Marino. In 43 games he made 95 tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, 16.5 sacks and 17 QB hurries, defended 6 passes and intercepted one, and blocked a kick.
Although it appeared to some onlookers that Carriker had finished his senior year stronger than he started, he pointed out that the two halves were the same from his perspective.
"To be honest with you, I wasn't doing anything different. You can watch the film, I'm getting there a split second after he's throwing the ball every single time the first part of the season," he said. "They just held onto the ball a little bit longer the second half. That was the only difference."
Scout.com subscribers can listen in as Carriker talks about playing defensive end in the 3-4 versus the 4-3 defensive scheme, the mindset you need to play the role he did at Nebraska, the versatility he can provide to an NFL team, and much more in this audio clip.
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