Former Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo took part in the NFL combine today in Indianapolis, Indiana and did not disappoint.
Of the wide receivers in the first group this morning, I think Josh Doctson (TCU) and Leonte Carroo (Rutgers)... https://t.co/HIB8IJzIOf— Todd McShay (@McShay13) February 27, 2016
McShay continued on ESPN, "Of the wide receivers in the first group this morning, I think Josh Doctson (TCU) and Leonte Carroo (Rutgers) are standing out. Doctson ran a good 40-time of 4.50 (official) for 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, and continues to show excellent ball skills. He should be a top 50 pick. Carroo has shown strong hands and body control in drills. Also ran a good 40 time of 4.50 at 6-feet, 211 pounds."
Carroo tied Doctson and former Ohio State star Braxton Miller for 11th overall with his 40 time among the 37 wide receivers that completed the run. Yesterday, he bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times, ranking 14th out of 37 receivers that participated in the lift. He also registered a 35.5 inch vertical jump, finishing tied for 11th. He registered 10 feet on the broad jump, finishing in the middle of the pack. He did not take part in the agility drills as a precaution due to the hamstring injury that occurred during practice for the Senior Bowl. For full results for all the wide receivers that participated, click here.
Leonte Carroo just went through the Gauntlet drill. No drops. Looked smooth to me, especially for a guy his size.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) February 27, 2016
Source: I'm not a scout.
Leonte Carroo chose not to participate in route-running, I'm told. Seems to me he is being cautious with old hamstring injury— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) February 27, 2016
Earlier this week, Dan Duggan spoke to McShay's colleague at ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr, who had this to say about Carroo:
"He's a guy that makes the tough catch look routine," Kiper said on a conference call on Tuesday. "He's got the body, the frame, the physicality. He's a talented football player.""Look at the difference he made in games," Kiper said. "When he was hurt or when he was out there, it was a big difference. He was an immediate impact performer. He elevated the team to heights that they would never get to without him. When he was on the field, he was a scary matchup, a nightmare."
Carroo garnered interest from multiple teams yesterday, before he even competed in the skills and drills portion of the combine today.
Jets and Giants met with Rutgers' Leonte Carroo, per source https://t.co/ALQ8uGW86B— NJ.com Sports (@NJ_Sports) February 27, 2016
Carroo worked out at IMG Academy in Florida in preparation for the NFL combine. Here is a clip, showing him putting in the work.
While it would have benefited Carroo to complete every drill today, he certainly helped his cause with a strong showing in the tests he did complete. Another major test was how Carroo fared in his interview meetings with various NFL teams. Carroo did make the list of several NFL writers as a potential red flag prospect, after being suspended twice during the 2015 season at Rutgers. Being that Carroo was eventually cleared of all charges and returned to active duty, it's less likely to be a deal breaker for most teams. Hopefully, Carroo represented himself well and is on his way to being selected in the early rounds of the NFL draft in April. Carroo could choose to participate during Rutgers pro day in March, which will be attended by many NFL scouts. Here is a video comprised on many highlights during Carroo's career at Rutgers.