Leonte Carroo

WR Rutgers

6', 211, (O) 4.5, 

35.5" Vert, 10' Broad!

31.3"Arms, 14 Reps,

Steal Of The Draft.

By TOM

Why do I think he is a Patriots type receiver. He reminds me of David Givens, who was maybe the 4th most successful TB12-WR. He has so many of his traits. Givens was 6-foot even, and around 215 when he came out. He wasn't the fastest WR, but had some of the strongest hands in the Draft that year, like Carroo. Givens was also a great special teams guy, and that was how he made the team and developed into a guy who signed a giant FA contract. Carroo is faster on the field than Given, but not near the special teams maven Givens was at Notre Dame. But he did play special teams at Rutgers. He blocked a punt against Temple in 2012. He also garnered his first career tackle covering a punt against Syracuse.

Plus, when I see Carroo on the field, the way he runs and goes for the ball with his strong hands, it remind me of Givens. Givens was thicker and stronger than Carroo, but not when he first showed up as a rookie and was stashed for a year. Givens developed himself into a top WR, and Carroo seems to have that drive. He already has that knack for getting open 20-yards down field, and going up and getting the ball over the CB through contact. As he gets thicker, he can be a strong power forward type WR like Givens, but faster, and with that knack for getting open 20-yard downfield.

If the Pats take any WR on Day Two it will be Carroo. Who would be a steal late in Day Two. He only garnered 809 yards on 39 catches last year, but he also had 10 TDs. Plus, he only had six starts because of the incident with his stalker ex-girlfriend and his injury against Michigan State. So his stats in 2015 are lot better than they look like at first glance. He was still named the offensive MVP of Rutgers last season, even though he only played in eight games. Plus, his yards per catch went up each season: from 17.1 in 2013, to 19.7 in 2014, and he garnered 20.7 in 2015. 

Plus, we all know the BB connection to Rutgers. "Definitely, he's drafted a bunch of them," Carroo said about BB's love of Rutgers's players. "I’m friends with those guys, and Devin McCourty (and Steve Belichick). I have a great relationship with all of those guys. New England and Bill Belichick are big on guys that do their job. They remind me a lot of myself." He also is a great blocker like Given was. He might be the best blocking WR in this year's Draft,

The Incident:

Now he has issues, or rather one specific incident that taints everything he accomplished in college. He was accused of assaulting his Ex-girl friend. He didn't punch his current girlfriend. He didn't assault some strange girl at a night club. It was not a case of domestic violence. He went to Rutgers, fell for another girl, and he Ex stalked him to the Rutgers campus, and according to him, attacked his current girlfriend. Women are responsible for their actions as well. When your boyfriend dumps you, you can't go stalking him at his work. And for FBS football Scholarship athletes, the football facility is his work place. 

When a girl is stalking her ex-boyfriend at his work place, I don't believe the words that are coming out of her mouth. You know me, I don't believe any of these guys. But I buy Carroo's story. I believed his current girlfriend. I believe that he was stalked by his Ex, and she attacked his current girlfriend, and his stalker Ex-girlfriend wanted to press charge to save their love. When you go looking for trouble, and find it, you can't go blaming the person you were harassing, and run crying to the cops. And in the end, the Judge dismissed all the charges, because he didn't believe believe the words that were coming out of her mouth. He believed the words that were coming out of his current girlfriend's mouth.

If you believe his story than he is a steal late in the 3rd or 4th Round. If you don't believe his story than he is undraftable. I believe his stalker ex-girlfriend went crazy, hunted him down, and things turned ugly. It happens. People go crazy sometimes when love punches them in the heart. I believe it was her crazy's fault and not his. You can call me a sucker, but I buy it. Givens was taken in the 7th and was a steal. I think the Pats pick this kid up, with all their contacts at Rutgers they have more inside info than any other NFL team in this sad story of unrequited love, and lunacy. However, they cannot draft him in the 4th or 5th Rounds. Unless they trade down from 91. They will have to pick him up in the 3rd.

The Rest:

He was considered a 1st Round prospect coming into the 2015 season. He is a 1st Round talent who will go deep into the 3rd, and maybe the 4th Round. You have to be smart to play WR for TB12. Maybe Carroo's most interest aspect is that has experience adjusting his game to new coaches and QBs. "I'll bring a relentless hard-working attitude to the NFL," Carroo said. "With a playing style that's dynamic and will fit into any team's scheme. And do my job and do what the coaches ask me to do. It's a dream come true." He played four different offensive systems, for four different coaches in his four year at Rutgers.

Carroo was spectacular in 2014. He garnered 1,086 yards and 10 TDs on 55 catches, which made him a 3rd-team All-Big Ten Conference selection:

2014 (Junior): Started all 13 games at wide receiver ... named All-Big Ten by the league coaches (honorable mention), the media (first team), ESPN.com (first team), Phil Steele (first team) and BTN.com (first team) ... led team, ranked second in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with 1,086 receiving yards ... yardage totaled sixth-highest in school history for a season ... recorded a team-high 55 receptions with a 19.7 average, highest in the nation (minimum 51 catches) ... only Scarlet Knight with at least one reception in each game, extending streak to 20 overall ... the sixth different Scarlet Knight to have a 1,000 yard receiving season (Kenny Britt, Mohamed Sanu, Tim Brown, Tiquan Underwood, Tres Moses) ... registered 10 receiving touchdowns to tie Brandon Coleman and Marco Battaglia for the most in a season in the program record books ... finished season with 19 career scores, ranked third-most in school history ... three games of multiple touchdowns in 2014 ... six games with at least 100 yards receiving, as only Kenny Britt (9), Mohamed Sanu (7) and Tiquan Underwood (6) have had at least that many in a season ... named Offensive MVP at the annual team banquet (12/14) ... one of 27 in the program to be named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team (12/10) ... had two receptions for 43 yards in the Quick Lane Bowl (12/26) win over North Carolina ... totaled six receptions, 104 yards and two touchdowns (7, 8) in win at Maryland (11/29) ... went over 1,000 yards receiving for the season on a 42-yard catch and run in the third quarter against the Terrapins ... scored two touchdowns (34, 56) in win over Indiana (11/15) with five catches overall for 125 yards ... notched a 20-yard catch versus Wisconsin (11/1) ... registered 127 yards on five catches at Nebraska (10/25), including a 71-yard touchdown ... totaled 100 yards receiving on five receptions at Ohio State (10/18), including one grab for 40 yards ... had four catches for 73 yards in win over Michigan (10/4) ... picked up three receiving touchdowns on seven catches (140 yards) against Tulane (9/27) to move into the school top-10 receiving touchdown list ... only player in school history with multiple games scoring three touchdowns ... totaled 56 yards on four receptions at Navy (9/20) ... recorded 84 yards on six catches against Penn State (9/13), also adding a punt block ... recorded a 38-yard touchdown pass on two receptions in home opener versus Howard (9/6) ... registered 151 yards on six receptions at Washington State (8/28), including a 78-yard touchdown grab on first play from scrimmage ... entered the 2014 season as a starting wide receiver.

Carroo could end up being the steal of the Draft. He had that one incident where his stalker ex-girlfriend stalked him to his job at the Rutgers' Football Facilities, and allegedly attacked his new girlfriend. Then she called the cops on him, even though she was stalking him down at his job. So he has kind of dropped off the map. Missing his Proday didn't help. And labeled with the domestic violence tag, even though it wasn't domestic violence by any definition of DV. 

But he did play at the Senior Bowl. "It's very important being that a lot of scouts haven't seen me run a route yet since the Senior Bowl. I'm pretty sure they want to see me run routes healthy and be 100 percent. Scouts pretty much haven't seen me healthy since Michigan State [he was injured in October and hasn't played]. So they're excited to see what I can do," Carroo said. "Sometimes it gets frustrating because I wish I could just bang out pro day today, but I can't. It's something where you just have to wait and attack the moment when it comes." He has become the Houdini of this Draft.

So he might climb into Day Three with a great showing at his Proday. "That's what I'm thinking about," Carroo said about having to schedule a personal Proday because of the dreaded high ankle sprain. "I'm excited about the 31st [March]. But I'm excited to be 100 percent healthy for mini-camp and OTAs and all that stuff." If he ran a 4.5 at the Combine, he is likely to run in the 4.4's at his personal proday. It will at lest put him back on the radar for some teams.

He is a smart guy on the field, who has proven it over and over. "I adjusted to four different pro-style offenses," Carroo said. "I had a lot of languages to catch onto. Going through the coaching changes and trying to build relationships within one year definitely helps me for the NFL. You’ve got to be ready to be coached by anyone. I'm willing to take coaching." Rookie's have to be able to take coaching, because the months leading up to September are a whirlwind of confusion for them.

He had a very tumultuous 2015, where he almost lost everything. But he kept his focus on his job, and came through on the field whenever they put him in. He garnered 10 TD catches to lead the Big Ten for the second year in a row. His 29 career TDs are a record at Rutgers. He was voted team Captain. He also was named MVP of the team:

2015 (Senior): Played in eight games with six starts at wide receiver ... named all Big-Ten by the league coaches (honorable mention) and the media (third team) ... was awarded the Homer Hazel Trophy as the teams most valuable player ... selected as the offensive MVP ... led the team in receptions (39), receiving yards (809) and touchdowns (10) ... tied for the longest reception of the season with a 58 yard grab against Indiana ... totaled seven receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown against Maryland (11/28) ... logged four catches for 37 yards in win at Army (11/21) ... had 62 yards on five receptions versus Nebraska (11/14) with a long of 30 ... caught three passes for 55 yards versus No. 1 Ohio State (10/24) ... collected 157 yards on seven catches with three touchdowns in first three quarters at Indiana (10/17), having a long of 58 yards ... notched 100th career reception on opening drive against the Hoosiers ... returned versus No. 4 Michigan State (10/10) and totaled seven receptions, 134 yards and three touchdowns ... recorded 52 yards on four catches versus Washington State (9/12), adding a two-point conversion reception ... totaled three touchdowns (55, 56 & 18 yards) on three receptions in the opening win over Norfolk State (9/5) ... second score marked the 21st of career to take sole possession of the Rutgers career receiving touchdowns record ... first score marked third consecutive season scoring on the first reception of the season ... the three scores took place in a span of 7:47 on the clock ... named USA College Football Impact Player of the Week for efforts against the Spartans ... tabbed preseason All-Big Ten by ESPN.com (8/24) ... voted a captain by his teammates (8/21) ... entered summer camp atop the depth chart at wide receiver (8/10) ... named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award (7/15), which is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver ... picked for the Maxwell Award watch list (7/7), given to the America’s College Player of the Year ... selected Preseason First Team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports (6/11) ... named preseason Third Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele (6/1).

Now he just as to get that 4.4 next to his name on March 31st. "I want to be perfectly fine for my pro day, [on] March 31, and also for OTAs and rookie mini-camp," Carroo said. "I didn't want to have any setbacks like I did for the Senior Bowl. Just come out here and encourage my teammates, but also take it easy." It will be interesting to see.

Additional Notes:

Indiana: He shows some suddenness in his shoulders turning back for the ball. He looks a little like Irving Fryar on the field physically, but he's not as fast (it was rumored that Fryar ran a 4.29).  He doesn't always adjust well to the ball, but his QB at Rutgers was very hit or miss. He has great quick hands to go up over his head in a flash and grab the ball when he is on his feet. He has a tendency to leap up for the ball even when he doesn't need to. He will leap up over the DB deep downfield and rip the ball off the CB's helmet like he did against Ohio ST. "He's an NFL player," Ohio ST HC Urban Meyer said. "He's a guy that we have a lot of respect for. A dynamic, big, strong guy. I listened to our coaches on Sunday first and they started telling me about him and then I went and watched him myself and he's a tremendous player." He is a very interesting athlete. When he gets his hands on an LB he will hold on nicely, and makes it tough for him to get outside to get the RB. He can take the big hit and still hold on as he falls to the ground. He only garnered 809 yards and 10 TDs on 39 receptions, but he only played in 8 games. 

Senior BowlThis kid is very solidly built. He has great quick hands. He is burning CBs left and right. "I’ll be ready," Carroo said. "I know I’ll crush the Senior Bowl. I’m definitely excited to show the scouts how physical and fast I am as a wide receiver along with my knowledge of the game and understanding of defenses. I want to show how quick I am and learn and pick up on the offenses." Then he injured his ankle in Wednesday's practice. 

Previous Released: 01/2016: Nice hands. He has great quick hands to reach up and snag the ball thrown too quickly over his head. "I’m pretty excited about the process," Carroo said. "I'm just letting everything play out. I’ve been here going into my fourth week. I love it here, especially the way they prepare you from a physical and mental standpoint, the way they take care of your body and prepare you for all phases of the game." He can reach out with one hand and snag the ball thrown high and outside. He tends to cradle up after he catches the ball. Not a great runner after the catch. He has nice quick feet running routes. He can get open over the top of the DB and make the catch down the sideline. "I'll bring a relentless, hard-working attitude to the NFL," Carroo said. "With a playing style that's dynamic and will fit into any teams' scheme and do my job and do what the coaches ask me to do. It’s a dream come true." He is more shover than blocker on run days sometimes. He will cut inside and hit the LB inside. You have to be smart and versatility to player for the Pats. "I adjusted to four different pro-style offenses," Carroo said. "I had a lot of languages to catch onto. Going through the coaching changes and trying to build relationships within one year definitely helps me for the NFL. You’ve got to be ready to be coached by anyone. I'm willing to take coaching." The Pats want guys they can coach into their system. With the Pats without a 1st and 4th Carroo falls right into the lane. "Definitely," he said when asked about BB drafting guys from Rutgers. "He's drafted a bunch of them. I'm friends with those guys, and Devin McCourty. I have a great relationship with all of those guys. New England and Bill Belichick are big on guys that do their job. They remind me a lot of myself." He could be a nice addition to Pats receiving corps. which seemed to fall apart when Edelman went down.

Combine: Leonte Carroo: 5-11 7/8, 211, (U) 4.51-4.54. I love this kid on tape. He had a great season last year despite missing a lot of games. He can play. He is a guy the Pats could be interested in. He caught every ball in the gauntlet. I really like when he extends his hands and catches the ball away from his body. He is a very well built WR. Breaks outside nicely with his feet. No trouble breaking outside. Runs under the ball nicely.

 

Jordan Howard Vs Ohio State 2015:

He angles outside a little with the CB facing the QB. Watch the hands as he reaches up naturally and snags the ball over his head on the Comeback. He just reminded me of Givens on this play (:01). Watch this block as he smashes into the 250 pound Josh Perry, and seals him inside. That was a Givens block right there (:12). This was the best block by a WR I saw this season, and maybe ever (:29). In the Slot. He uses his feet to get the outside shoulder of the CB, and then runs past him (:38). Then the the QB over throws him, like TB12 throwing deep.

He drags open over the middle like a Patriot's WR (:55). He heads up field, and uses his inside arm to shove off the CB's arm (1:02). He catches the screen, and makes one guy miss with his quickness. Then he lowers his head and powers over two other guys (1:09). Watch this block. He not only grabs his shirt and pushes him back with his arms extended, he turns him and seal him outside (1:27). Is anybody else seeing David Givens blocking here?

Again, he puts the CB on skates and drives him ten yards downfield. Please note he is playing against the most talented defense in the FBS the past two seasons (1:35). He has a terrific burst off the line going into his patterns, but he gets doubled and the big Safety Powell powers over him, blocking his view of the ball while swiping at it (1:52). He uses his great quick feet and burst to get the outside shoulder of the CB. Then he reaches out in front of him at full speed with his arms extended and pulls it in (2:09). That is a harder catch than it looks like with the CB slapping at him as he runs. He has that knack for catching the ball 20-yards downfield.

Howard Vs Ohio State 2015:

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Carroo Vs Michigan ST:

Okay, we saw him against a great defense blocking and playing the team game. Now let's see him catching the ball like a 1st Round pick. He just breaks inside against a CB playing with outside leverage. The QB throws the ball away from the defender. He reaches down and catches the TD away from his body. That is a great over hand catch (:02). Watch the feet on the great Outside-In move (:29). Then he takes the outside shoulder of the WR, and the QB instantly knows. He tracks the ball over his head. The ball is a little under thrown, which allows the CB to get back into the play and grab his shirt. But Carroo is still able to leap up over the fallen CB and snag it for his second TD.

He breaks inside and catches the quick pass in his face with his quick hands in the middle of three defenders. That is a lot harder pass to catch than it looks like (1:01). Nice outside in move again (1:24). Watch the suddenness in his shoulder as he breaks inside, gets his hands up fast, and catches the pass like a Patriots Slot guy. Then he makes the CB miss with his quick feet, and the race is on (1:31). You get another look as his suddenness after he catches the ball, and snaps back outside (1:41). That suddenness in his shoulder and snap in his hips is a big part of what makes him such a great prospect.

Quick out under the Off coverage. That might have been a read-route like the Pats like to use. Then he leaps up to catch it and still keeps his feet in bounds (1:55). He breaks inside, and turns outside through the double and catches another TD pass (2:11). Watch the quick burst through the inside shoulder of the DB on the second level, and he is gone. Then he turns and adjusts beautifully to the ball in the air (2:23). The great ones makes it look easy sometimes.

Stacked up inside. He gets doubled, and is not open. The QB takes off. So he turns and blocks the CB so he can't touch his QB (2:44). He works outside with some speed. He really loves to leap up to catch the ball, even when he doesn't have to (3:05). Fade route. He makes a great adjustment to the ball thrown behind him, but can't hold on (3:23). You can see the CB slapped the ball out, and slapped him in the face (3:35). But, but, but, you gotta catch that ball.

Carroo Vs Michigan State 2015:

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Carroo's Official Bio:

Rutgers All-Time Receiving Touchdowns Leader
2015 Homer Hazel Award Winner
2015 Rutgers Offensive MVP
2015 Third Team All-Big Ten (Media)
2015 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
2015 Team Captain
2014 First Team All-Big Ten (Media, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, BTN.com)
2014 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
2014 Rutgers Offensive MVP
2014 Big Ten All-Academic Team
2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team

2015 (Senior): Played in eight games with six starts at wide receiver ... named all Big-Ten by the league coaches (honorable mention) and the media (third team) ... was awarded the Homer Hazel Trophy as the teams most valuable player ... selected as the offensive MVP ... led the team in receptions (39), receiving yards (809) and touchdowns (10) ... tied for the longest reception of the season with a 58 yard grab against Indiana ... totaled seven receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown against Maryland (11/28) ... logged four catches for 37 yards in win at Army (11/21) ... had 62 yards on five receptions versus Nebraska (11/14) with a long of 30 ... caught three passes for 55 yards versus No. 1 Ohio State (10/24) ... collected 157 yards on seven catches with three touchdowns in first three quarters at Indiana (10/17), having a long of 58 yards ... notched 100th career reception on opening drive against the Hoosiers ... returned versus No. 4 Michigan State (10/10) and totaled seven receptions, 134 yards and three touchdowns ... recorded 52 yards on four catches versus Washington State (9/12), adding a two-point conversion reception ... totaled three touchdowns (55, 56 & 18 yards) on three receptions in the opening win over Norfolk State (9/5) ... second score marked the 21st of career to take sole possession of the Rutgers career receiving touchdowns record ... first score marked third consecutive season scoring on the first reception of the season ... the three scores took place in a span of 7:47 on the clock ... named USA College Football Impact Player of the Week for efforts against the Spartans ... tabbed preseason All-Big Ten by ESPN.com (8/24) ... voted a captain by his teammates (8/21) ... entered summer camp atop the depth chart at wide receiver (8/10) ... named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award (7/15), which is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver ... picked for the Maxwell Award watch list (7/7), given to the America’s College Player of the Year ... selected Preseason First Team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports (6/11) ... named preseason Third Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele (6/1).

2014 (Junior): Started all 13 games at wide receiver ... named All-Big Ten by the league coaches (honorable mention), the media (first team), ESPN.com (first team), Phil Steele (first team) and BTN.com (first team) ... led team, ranked second in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally with 1,086 receiving yards ... yardage totaled sixth-highest in school history for a season ... recorded a team-high 55 receptions with a 19.7 average, highest in the nation (minimum 51 catches) ... only Scarlet Knight with at least one reception in each game, extending streak to 20 overall ... the sixth different Scarlet Knight to have a 1,000 yard receiving season (Kenny Britt, Mohamed Sanu, Tim Brown, Tiquan Underwood, Tres Moses) ... registered 10 receiving touchdowns to tie Brandon Coleman and Marco Battaglia for the most in a season in the program record books ... finished season with 19 career scores, ranked third-most in school history ... three games of multiple touchdowns in 2014 ... six games with at least 100 yards receiving, as only Kenny Britt (9), Mohamed Sanu (7) and Tiquan Underwood (6) have had at least that many in a season ... named Offensive MVP at the annual team banquet (12/14) ... one of 27 in the program to be named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team (12/10) ... had two receptions for 43 yards in the Quick Lane Bowl (12/26) win over North Carolina ... totaled six receptions, 104 yards and two touchdowns (7, 8) in win at Maryland (11/29) ... went over 1,000 yards receiving for the season on a 42-yard catch and run in the third quarter against the Terrapins ... scored two touchdowns (34, 56) in win over Indiana (11/15) with five catches overall for 125 yards ... notched a 20-yard catch versus Wisconsin (11/1) ... registered 127 yards on five catches at Nebraska (10/25), including a 71-yard touchdown ... totaled 100 yards receiving on five receptions at Ohio State (10/18), including one grab for 40 yards ... had four catches for 73 yards in win over Michigan (10/4) ... picked up three receiving touchdowns on seven catches (140 yards) against Tulane (9/27) to move into the school top-10 receiving touchdown list ... only player in school history with multiple games scoring three touchdowns ... totaled 56 yards on four receptions at Navy (9/20) ... recorded 84 yards on six catches against Penn State (9/13), also adding a punt block ... recorded a 38-yard touchdown pass on two receptions in home opener versus Howard (9/6) ... registered 151 yards on six receptions at Washington State (8/28), including a 78-yard touchdown grab on first play from scrimmage ... entered the 2014 season as a starting wide receiver.

2013 (Sophomore): Appeared in 10 games, starting three at wide receiver ... led the team with nine touchdown receptions, tied for third-most in a season in school history at the time ... eight of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter or later ... totaled 478 yards receiving, averaging 17.1 yards per catch ... missed game at UConn (11/30) after playing the first 23 of his career ... made first career start and totaled seven receptions and 147 yards against Temple (11/2), including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter ... second score came with 35 seconds remaining versus the Owls to put RU on top ... named to conference honor roll for the performance (11/4) ... hauled in two touchdown receptions in the overtimes at SMU (10/5), including a score on 3rd-and-24 ... caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter (one on 4th-and-12 and the other to put RU ahead) in the win over Arkansas (9/21) ... totaled 80 yards on five catches in the game ... had one catch for 22 yards in home opener against Norfolk State (9/7) ... racked up 135 yards on five receptions with three touchdowns in debut as a wide receiver at Fresno State (8/29) ... first career catch was a 69-yard touchdown reception, with two other scores giving RU the lead late in the fourth quarter ... emerged as a versatile receiver in spring practice and competed for a starting spot in summer camp ... named to American Athletic Conference All-Academic Football Team.

2012 (Freshman): Saw action in all of the 13 contests ... one of three true freshmen to see playing time in the season-opening 24-12 win at Tulane (9/1) ... recorded the first tackle of his career on a first quarter punt in the 23-15 victory over Syracuse (10/13) ... blocked the first punt of his career to start the fourth quarter Temple (10/20).

RECEIVING G REC YARDS YDS/REC LONG TD YDS/G
2012 13 0 0 -- 0 0 --
2013 10 28 478 17.1 69 9 47.8
2014 13 55 1086 19.7 78 10 83.5
2015 8 39 809 20.7 58 10 101.1
TOTAL 44 122 2373 19.5 78 29 53.9

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