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Ryan Carrethers Brings Freak Athleticism to Bolts
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After trading away a fourth round pick to Miami yesterday, the Chargers had to wait until the fifth round to get on the board for day three of the NFL draft.
With the 165th pick, the Chargers selected Ryan Carrethers, defensive tackle form Arkansas State. The 6-1, 337-pounder was at home watching the draft with his family when he got the call and is excited about the opportunity to come to San Diego.
“I’m in awe,” Carrethers said. “I feel like it’s an honor just to be a part of this association and I’ll do as much as I can to contribute.”
Carrethers is a former wrestler who won multiple state championships and went undefeated his senior year. He was named to CBS Sports’ 2013 Freaks List of the top 20 craziest athletes in college football. His work ethic in the weight room is something he regards as one of his best attributes. He squats 700-pounds and completed 32 bench press reps at the 2014 NFL Combine, which tied for third best amongst all defensive linemen.
“I take pride in my weight room abilities, hard work and natural talent. I will deliver by that.”
At Arkansas State, Carrethers said he mostly played nose tackle in a hybrid defense. He generated 93 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks during his 2103 season with the Red Wolves. A positive for Carrethers is his production. His statistics went up each of his four years at Arkansas State as he earned First-Team All-Sun Belt honors in both 2012 and 2013.
Carrethers said he looks up to Vince Wilfork, but when asked about playing alongside current Chargers Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, he couldn’t be more eager for the opportunity.
“I think it’s definitely an honor just to be a part of this and hopefully I’ll fit right in with them.”
Carrethers emphasized he is healthy, ready to go and believes he can contribute as soon as possible. The Chargers told him he could earn a spot on the starting roster, and is confident he can be a contributing factor through his athleticism and character.
“I was the anchor, the go to guy (in college),” he said. “When they needed something done they would look to me, both on and off the field, and hopefully that’ll continue in the NFL.”