Carroll promises to speed up Packer secondary

The Packers went into the draft needing a quick fix for their secondary, and hope they found it by spending their first pick on one of the fastest cornerbacks available – Ahmad Carroll of Arkansas.<P>

"I just talked to his college coach the other day and he told me this is a guy who is a worker," Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said of his top pick. "(The Arkansas coach said)'when I get here in the morning (Carroll)is here and when I leave at 6:30 at night he's here.'

"That's the type of guy I want on the team," Sherman said.

Carroll (5-10, 193 pounds) earned a starting spot on the Razorbacks' defense midway through his freshman season thanks in part to his outstanding speed. Caroll, also a collegiate sprinter, is a promising special teams player as well.

"I can play wherever the coaches ant me to play," Carroll said. "I'm happy to be part of a great defense."

College career: Carroll compiled 140 tackles including 18 tackles for losses, broke up 25 passes, had four picks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 12 QB pressures.

Scouting Report: "Top level athlete who is one of the fastest players in college football … tremendous quickness (4.26 in the 40), speed, body control and change-of-direction agility … Has an explosive closing burst and stays at low pad level in transition, showing proper footwook and no wasted steps … Can plant and re-direct (quickly)…Takes pride in his work ethic," according to scouting reports published by the Packers, the University of Arkansas and

Carroll was ranked as the second-best corner in the draft by Blue Chip Illustrated and Rivals100, as well as other draft sites.

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