Draft Day Target: OL Vernon Carey

We continue to keep the focus on the offensive line by taking a closer look at Miami tackle Vernon Carey. Carey has as much potential as lineman in the draft, and has already been a focus of team officials in Valley Ranch.

OL Vernon Carey
Miami (Fla)
6-4.5, 335, 5.25
Projected Draft Position: Early/Mid 2nd Round

Miami offensive tackle Vernon Carey is another in the long list of candidates that should be available for the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Cowboys need help on the offensive line, that's been a well-documented fact this offseason, and Carey would surely provide instant help, standing at just under 6-feet-5 inches tall and weighing in at over 335 pounds.

Team representatives from Valley Ranch, including several assistant coaches, spent a significant amount of time scouting/talking with offensive line prospects at the NFL Combine in February, and one of their prime targets was Carey, not to mention Sean Locklear and Jacob Rogers.

And why wouldn't they?

Carey comes from one of the most successful college football programs in the country in the Miami Hurricanes. He garnered second team All Conference selection as a senior after spending most of the campaign at guard.

In terms of draft position, most experts have Carey penciled in anywhere from late in the first round, to late in the second.
"He's a large, dominant blocker who destroys opponents at the point of attack," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline. "He stays square, works to bend his knees and generally plays with good pad level. He's also a strong run blocker that drives opponents off the line, and works to finish and opens holes for the running game."

Among some of his noted drawbacks, he reportedly has had problems keeping a full time conditioning program in his daily routine.

Don't tell that to Carey however.

"I have been working out hard the past six-weeks or so and have changed the way I eat," Carey said back in late February.

"I am learning that you can't just grab and eat anything, there is a price that comes with that approach. Going into the combine, I am going to do my thing and be myself. I know I can play and I want to prove that I am as good as any offensive lineman in the country that starts in Indianapolis."

Among some of the other teams that scouted Carey extensively include Chicago and Cleveland. In fact, word has it that the Browns have him as their number one target at guard.

Carey was also a solid performer at the NFL Combine, where he confirmed that he had fully recovered from surgery in January for a torn meniscus.

He checked in at at 6-feet-4.3 inches tall and 335 pounds, which was 14 pounds below what he played at most of last season.

"I played between 349 and 350. Right now, I'm at 334," Carey said. Carey also added that he has the versatility to play several positions on the offensive line if need be.

"If they want me to play tackle, I'll play tackle. If they want me to play guard, I'll play guard," he said. "I just want to show the scouts and NFL teams that I can play both positions and let them know I didn't get moved because I couldn't play the position. I just did that to help the team out."

In terms of draft position, most experts have Carey penciled in anywhere from late in the first round, to late in the second. That fact alone should put the Cowboys in a position to obtain his services.

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