2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: TCU EDGE Josh Carraway

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked players. If there is a player you would like us to analyze, let us know in the comments below.

#94 Josh Carraway / EDGE / TCU 6’3 241 lbs

The Good:

– Has incredible speed off the edge
– Keeps pad level low
– Dips under linemen to bend around edge
– Uses balance and speed to avoid being run up the arch
– Intriguing measurable – 34 ¼” arms
– Versatility playing on either side of defense

The Bad:

– Lacks strength at taking on blockers
– Lacks instincts to make plays quickly
– Limited motor and hustle
– Really does not offer much else besides a speed move
– Non-factor in run defense
– Struggles at setting the edge

Bio:

– 2016: 49 tackles, 11 TFL, 8 sacks, 1 FF
– Career: 132 tackles, 18 sacks, 1 INT, 3 FF
– Career high 3 sacks vs Kansas last season
– 2016 First Team All Big 12
– 2015 First Team All Big 12

Tape Breakdown:

TCU’s Josh Carraway really is an interesting prospect compared to most edge rushers, relying on finesse and speed more than power and toughness.  Now that’s not saying Carraway lacks toughness, just that it is not a focal point of his game. Instead, what works for Carraway is his speed around the edge and athleticism, two tools that the TCU linebacker uses quite well.

To get a sense of Carraway’s speed for yourself, I ask that you turn your attention to the play below. Watch Carraway, lined up as a 5-technique end, waits for the right moment before accelerating towards Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Like a predator stalking its prey, Carraway measures up the perfect opportunity to attack. As the Oklahoma right tackle gets wrapped up in the scuffle, Carraway has a clear path to Mayfield and with great closing speed it does not take the TCU pass rusher long to reach his target.

So Carraway can get to the quarterback unblocked, great but can he do the same when matched up against an offensive lineman. Well yes, Carraway also has the ability to use his speed to beat bigger offensive tackles to cause havoc in the pocket.

Great burst off the snap and bend around the edge displayed by Carraway there. Carraway’s path to the quarterback was one of the smoothest I have seen and with his great first step, there was little doubt in my mind that Carraway would notch a sack on the play. But now as impressed as I was initially, I was even more impressed when watching the sack from a different perspective.

Carraway’s body control is off the charts. Calling this sack a product of great speed and initial first step is selling it short. The total masterpiece is a combination of the prior and flexibility to dip under the tackle’s reach. And as if that was not enough, Carraway’s use of 34 ¼” arms to secure the sack closes the deal.

But what holds Carraway back from greater glory may be his lack of engagement and grit, especially when it comes to the running game. Many times while watching Carraway’s film, I was left dumb founded, wondering what Carraway was thinking on a number of plays. Carraway spends more than his fair share of plays watching, almost trying to diagnose a play rather than attack it. Here is one example against Arkansas where Carraway seems more content with trying to watch the backfield instead of trying to engage with his blocker.

I like to think of Carraway as less of an instinctive player and more of a read and react type player. Instead of anticipating a play, Carraway has a habit of letting the opponent make the first move and then reacting to that.

Against Texas, Carraway (right side of the line) falls victim to his read and react style once again. As the ball is snapped Carraway does not engage once again except this time he finds in position to make a play on Texas running back D’Onta Foreman. But as you would expect, Carraway not only falls short of the tackle but falls flat on his face.

The truth about Carraway is that he is essentially a non-factor in the running game, lacking the physicality required for the duty. Unless a drastic change occurs, the TCU linebacker’s ceiling is likely a situational pass rusher whose speed could be a valuable weapon on passing downs. At the moment a one-trick pony who is a liability against the run, I do not figure the Pittsburgh Steelers will have much interest in Carraway, which seems probable due to the fact that he was one of the few edge rushers the team did not meet with at the NFL Combine. But as a pass rusher with high athleticism and good measurables, a team will likely take a flier on developing Carraway in the early rounds of Day 3.

Projection: Early Day 3 (Rounds 4-5)

Games Watched: vs Arkansas, vs Oklahoma, vs Texas, vs Georgia

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About the Author

Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yeah, because what we need is a pass rusher, I was interested and intrigued to see what Carraway would do at the combine, and I came away a little disappointed. He ran pretty well, 4.75, but for a guy known for speed, I thought he might be closer to 4.65. And I was let down by his vertical, 3 cone, and broad. I thought there would be a chance that he’d come there and dominate the measurables, but he certainly didn’t. He didn’t do much better in the drill either. Overall, after looking at tape, I basically agree with everything written up above. He’s just sitting there in the 5th round, maybe I’d take him just because. But he’ll probably go in the 3rd or 4th and I really hope that we’ve already addressed his position sufficiently, and that we pass on this project. Do love that arm length, though.

  • Applebite

    Trust what you see on film….

  • Austin Willie

    How about that read by that Arkansas running back and the patience 😂😂

  • Austin Willie

    But he could be a good pass rusher he has a nice built and the speed to get to edge the things that are wrong with him can be fixed I believe

  • Austin Willie

    He should go 5th or 6th

  • Aaron Dickerson

    I know that myself and a few others have been looking for a breakdown on Trey Hendrickson for a little while now… Is there not a lot of tape available on him?

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Not advocating for or against him but they’ve been jonesing for Bruce Irvin or a BILHB ( Bruce Irvin like human being) for several years now. Put 10 pounds on him and maybe he plays the run a little better.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I’m not a fan but he maybe attractive to the Steelers in the 6th or later IMO

  • Daniel Valente

    Hey Aaron, just to follow up, I will take you guys up and take a look at Hendrickson very soon. Not a lot of initial tape focused solely on Hendrickson out there so give me about a week or so after I dive into some Florida Atlantic games. Thanks for reading !

  • LucasY59

    I think he isnt fast enough for how undersized he is, I guess if there is no better option to double up on late I would take him, but I think Ejuan Price and Joe Mathis are way better options