“The Dolphins trade up in the third round to take a wide receiver that has off the field red flags, is only 6’0" and only runs a 4.50 40.”
That was the nightmare that had me wake up screaming in a cold sweat. This was no nightmare; this was a reality on Day 2 of the 2016 NFL draft. I will not say I love the picks we traded away, but I do LOVE the player we selected. He is the only wide receiver that made my "fifty players I approve the Dolphins to pick" list.
I call Carroo the love child of Anquan Boldin and Jarvis Landry. Carroo does everything well. He is a capable route runner, and he has good speed and good quickness. But my favorite quality of Carroo is his toughness and his “MY Ball” mentality he plays the game with.
Carroo does have strength, speed and quickness, but he isn’t an elite athlete in any of those areas, or at least he didn’t test like one in any of those areas. What he is, is an above average smooth athlete that is an excellent football player. I have a really good feeling he will be one of Tannehill’s favorite targets from day one and a fan favorite by November.
Carroo has a knack for making amazing NFL catches. On this play Carroo makes a smooth over the shoulder catch with ease. This catch is a thing of beauty.
Carroo is a fighter with the ball in his hands. I love how he lowers his center of gravity and fights for extra yards on this play. He rarely goes down on first contact.
I would not say Carroo is the best blocker in the draft at wide receiver, but he is top five in effort. He is a willing blocker who doesn’t take plays off on run plays. Here is an example of Carroo completely blocking the defender out of the scene.
Carroo does not have amazing blazing speed, but he has good speed. He has enough speed to consistently run away from defenders. On this play Carroo shows off his speed by gaining a step on the cornerback.
Carroo has great short area quickness. This clip shows why a lot of people compare him to Jarvis Landry. Carroo catches the screen pass; a defender comes in to make the tackle. Carroo jump steps backward and avoids contact. Then he is able to make positive yards.
Carroo has made contested catch after contested catch throughout his game film. This is a big asset around the endzone where the area is a lot more closed in. Carroo shows great focus with seeing the ball go into his hands on this play and is able to overpower the defender for the ball.
Carroo makes little impact on this play. He isn’t catching the ball or running with the ball. He barely makes a block, but I love this play by Carroo because it shows his hustle.
The play is a run play to the opposite side of the field. Most WRs might make a poor attempt at a block, other WRs wouldn’t even attempt a block because the action is happening on the other side of the play and they want to save their energy or they don’t want to risk injury. That type of low effort play isn’t in Carroo.
Carroo isn’t able to get to his defender but he doesn’t give up on the play. Carroo runs with the defender in an attempt to make a block.
The Miami Dolphins should charge extra for their pregame warm-ups and practices, because Jarvis Landry and Leonte Carroo will be putting on a show with their one-handed catch ability.
On this play, Carroo does a great job of getting open off the snap with a nice move. He shows speed to maintain separation from the cornerback. Then Carroo makes one of the prettiest over the shoulder one-handed catches I have ever seen.
Carroo isn’t a freak athlete, but he does have above average to very good athleticism. He shows his acceleration on this bubble screen on this play. As soon as he sees a crease he hits the afterburners and is able to score a touchdown. Carroo is able to get to top speed very quickly.
Carroo doesn’t have the best athletic jump numbers, again they are average. But what Carroo has is a “My Ball” mentality. I will take someone who has limited jumps with a “My Ball” mentality over an unaggressive athlete in a 50/50 situation all day.
On this play Carroo demonstrates his “My Ball” play style. The defender has the ball in his hands and Carroo says, “Not today sonny Jim.” Carroo is able to tear the ball away from the defender and comes down with the ball.
Carroo is more than a possession receiver but he does catch everything in his area. This is where the Anquan Boldin comparison makes sense.
On this play Carroo catches the ball between two defenders and is hit when coming down with the ball. Carroo is able to hold on to the ball. This is comforting to a QB, a QB will know that he can throw it and Carroo will most likely come down with the catch.
Another reason Carroo is like Boldin to me is he is fearless when catching over the middle of the field. On this play Carroo catches the ball in the middle of the field and gets hit by a linebacker. This seems like a simple task but a lot of receivers will not run the gauntlet in the middle of the field.
Carroo again shows his ability to make the tough catch on this play. Carroo knows he is going to get drilled after he catches the ball. The imminent hit does not sway his decision on catching the ball.
This film review was done by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
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