Much was asked of Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Carlo Kemp during his college career and he was a steady contributor up front for Don Brown’s defense. Now he is looking to carve his path to the NFL even if it might be a bit of an uphill climb.
Here is a look at what he brings to the table and how he fits best at the next level after signing with the Green Bay Packers.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 281 pounds
Position: Defensive Tackle
Projected: Late day three pick-UDFA
Pro Day Results: 27 bench press reps | 28.5 inch vertical | 8’1 1⁄2 inch broad jump | 4.94 40-yard dash | 7.33 3-cone drill | 4.57 second shuttle
NFL role: Practice squad/back of the roster DL depth
- Perhaps his best trait is how he fires off the snap of the football, has a great first step
- Handwork and counters are technically sound
- Leader and tough, savvy player during his time at Michigan
- Has a nice, wide base
- Does have the versatility to rush from both the interior and on the edge
- Too light for a defensive tackle, too heavy to play defensive end
- Below-average length, which works against him when blockers engage first
- Despite a long career, production is not all that impressive and played more of a complementary role on the Michigan defense
Kemp, the nephew of John and Chuck Pagano, was a solid starter for the Wolverines but there are not a ton of “wow” plays on film. That was not his role, especially the last few seasons as he played more of a role in taking on blocks. There are some nice traits to work with, but it is hard to find a position for him outside of a back-of roster/subpackage pass rusher role. He is a hard worker with a good attitude, which should help him find a training camp home. From there, it is all about the fit and opportunity. He probably needs to get a bit heavier, but the 2019 third-team All-Big Ten contributor has a chance to find a pass rush specialist role if the right fit comes his way.