Jackson Carman enters the draft with loads of experience, registering 29 career starts at Clemson as its left tackle. He earned second-team All-America honors from CBSSports.com in 2020. Success is no stranger to Carman, as the former five-star recruit from Ohio was one of five finalists for USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year after the 2017 season (the award went to this future Tigers' teammate, Trevor Lawrence).
AnalysisCarman immediately will wow scouts with his impressive frame; he has a well-distributed 335 pounds without seeming to sacrifice any athleticism, leaving many to believe he has an incredibly high ceiling. He gets nice depth in his pass sets and can move well both when dropping back and getting up field as a move blocker. He has gone against countless NFL talent edge rushers, which is encouraging for scouts to gauge his talent level.
Carman will most need to improve on his ability to recover on blown blocks. Once defenders get outside of his frame he tends to hook and hold to make up for his errors. He also gets off balance easily and will find himself struggling to get any power/strength to sustain blocks when he has worked himself off base.
Pro comparison: Donovan Smith, Buccaneers -- Carman's mix of size and movement skills should keep him high on boards, but he needs to improve on his recovery blocking to ensure a long successful career at the next level.