per his Twitter as a UDFA.
Hope he can stick onto the team or any team for that matter, even if it's on the practice squad.
Reminds me of the LB from Tech, Zach, that was undersized, but had a high motor and a huge heart.
Carmen way bigger, Zach way faster. I'm happy Messina is at least getting a shot. Hope he makes the most of it.
ZT-- Ht: 5-11 Wt: 235 ran 4.78- 40
CM-- Ht: 6-1 Wt: 241 ran 4.85- 40
Zack Thomas is a great comparison to Carmen Messina. Thomas had a huge motor, played smart, and loved to hit. Sounds a lot like Carmen Messina to me. I think Carmen will turn some heads in the Lions camp.
Carmen will turn heads the first time he wraps up a tackle in camp. He may not have the track speed, but I've seen few players who pursue as well and are as punishing with their tackles as Carmen is. It's not so much how hard he hits (although he does hit hard), it's the absolutely grueling way that he wraps up, brings ball carriers down, and "follows through" on his tackles.
I can't say he'll be the next Zach Thomas, but there's no reason he couldn't be. Players who have a nose for the ball and are hard tacklers get noticed.
BAM, Lions rule no two ways about it. Get on the band wagon boys and girls.
I saw a few in the draft that posted times slower than 4.7 and it made me cringe everytime to think they had an extra advantage over a player that deserves a shot. Carmen being one of the best examples.
The 4.85 time was his 40 at a combine he attended. It dropped his draft stock significantly. (He had a previous time of 4.68 at another event.)
What combine was that? Most Def not the NFL combine. Can anyone find anything from the Northwestern University Pro Day?
Heres really all i can find. Dont know how reliable it is though.
Just for compairitive purposes here is Tank Carders combine results
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