Sep 29, 2012; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers (98) defends a pass by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Kawaun Jakes (6) at ASU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
A lot of people believed that the San Diego Chargers needed to pick up a nose tackle in the draft in order to help the team’s defense out. With the 3-4 defense, the nose tackle position is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle. Cam Thomas was not able to lock down the position last season and Sean Lissemore finished the season as the team’s starter at the position.
During the draft, the team made sure to add more depth at the position with the addition of Ryan Carrethers. Carrethers is one big man who can clog up the middle and will find his way around the football. In college, he played the nose position. There were a lot of options in the draft, but they were not primary nose tackles during their college career. Carrethers has the experience at the position to back himself up.
In his final season with Arkansas State, he finished the season with 93 tackles! That is an insane amount of tackles for a nose tackle. To add to that insane number, he had 4 sacks and 2 blocked kicks. The man knows how to find the football.
If Carrethers can adapt to the NFL quickly, he will give the team a nice big man to place in the middle while the youngsters on the edge and in the middle can find the football and make plays.
The defense has a lot of young playmakers. Some of those young cats have to step up during the year so that the team can have success this season.