“I love this kids tape so far. I really like what I saw of him in high school. Bug kid, with a ton of talent. I feel like he could play at the next level, he just needs development. I know that’s not what you asked, but speaking candidly, he has that factor you search for in your guys upfront. He has great movement, and he is sneaky athletic, especially for his size. What I like most about him is his willingness to play anywhere across the line, and he does it well. Versatility can get a player a long way, and these kids got that. He could be a weapon, I think he fits perfectly, for what they are trying to do for the volunteers.”- Unnamed scouting source, that asked me to keep his name out of the article.
Big, athletic, and nasty, when you watch the tape on Tennessee Volunteer, offensive lineman, Jerome Carvin, these are the things that stick out. Built to be the first line of defense, at 6-5 315 lbs., Carvin, not only has the look of a legit, NFL prospect but has the attitude, that coaches covet. I sat down with the rising star, and asked him what it was like playing in the SEC? who he was outside of football? and a few other things.
“Well, outside of football, I am a family guy, family first. I am low-key, never really doing anything wild, I like to chill when I am not working on my craft. I am a football lover, I really love football, this is what I want to do. But as far as who I am outside of football, I would say a family guy.”
Playing in the SEC takes a certain type of athlete and person. considered the best of the best, you need a certain edge, to play in this conference. I asked Carvin, what it took to play at this level? and if he felt any pressure, doing so?
“Man, you gotta be tough to play in the SEC. Everyone is good here, you don’t run into bad players here. Forget the rankings or the stats, you need to be ready to play in the SEC. I feel like, if I wasn’t at Tennessee, I was going to be at another SEC team. I was made to play at this level. To play here against this kind of competition, man. So as far as pressure, I don’t feel it, I really don’t. I feel like I belong playing at this level, so there is no pressure at all to me. I have that mental toughness, and mentality it takes to play here.”
Although he isn’t quite ready to declare for the draft, the rising talent has all the tools it takes to be a legit draft pick. Built to help in the run as well as the passing game, Carvin has that tenacity, coaches love at the highest level. He has a violent punch to stun pass rushers at the line of scrimmage, and the quick feet to lead a runner, in the run game. I asked him what kind of player, an NFL team, can expect from him?
“I am a dog. Meaning I will bust my butt to get the job done. I am always working, and I never feel like I made it, if that makes sense. I don’t care if they said I was the best, I wouldn’t be happy, so I think that speaks to who I am as a player and a person. I will outwork the next man, and get the job done. They will get a guy who is nasty on the field. I am not afraid to mix it up with defenders, and I like setting the tone. They are getting an aggressive player, that is smart and willing to keep learning and do what it takes to help my team.”
I am not sure when Jerome Carvin, will enter the NFL Draft, but I do know, that he has all the things we look for in an offensive lineman. He is big, athletic, and nasty, and he has the right frame of mind, to be successful at the highest level. Or at anything he does. Like I always say, put on the tape, and see it for yourself, I promise he will make a believer in you as well.
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