2015 Class: Drayton Carlberg

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: defensive tackle Drayton Carlberg

Drayton Carlberg

Defensive tackle

Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle

6-foot-5, 275-pounds

Commitment Date — November 14, 2014

How he became a Duck — Carlberg took official visits to North Carolina, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, California and Oregon. Nearby Minnesota was also a factor. His visit to Eugene took place at the beginning of November for the Stanford game, and he told Scout.com’s Eric Oslund that he loved his time in Eugene. The Ducks offered his brother, Hunter, as a preferred walk-on, further improving their chances with him. Eventually, Carlberg made the choice to commit to Oregon nearly two weeks later.

Quote — “It’s a great family atmosphere out there,” Carlberg said. “And when I went out there and saw the game I just felt at home and I felt like this was where I needed to be.”— Carlberg on his decision to commit to Oregon.

What he brings to the table — From his high school head coach Sean McMenomy: “He’s a monster. He’s aggressive, he’s mean, but he’s smart. He’s able to understand scheme concepts and stuff like that. He’s very focused on his technique. He’s not satisfied with just using his body. He’s a mean tactician I guess would be a good word.”

You can definitely see those characteristics on his film.The first thing that pops out about Carlberg on film is his size and how well he uses it. Multiple times he blows through the line with ease or at least plugs the gaps to prevent the run. Even double teamed, Carlberg finds ways around it to get to past them and to the quarterback. If he’s a hair late, Carlberg goes for the tackle anyway, significantly altering the throw pattern of the passer on multiple throws with his presence alone.

On top of that, he uses his hands well and displays some solid footwork. For Oregon, he’s the type of player that will be a disrupter up front in the 3-4 scheme. His ability to plug the gap up the middle will force things to the outside where the Ducks can take advantage with the rush off the edge. The physical nature in which he plays will be an asset as the line has become more physical in the last year. He could see the field early at Oregon because of this skill set. The more reps he can see early on, the better.

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