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First Round Pick OT James Carpenter Eager To Start His NFL Career

The Seahawks don’t have to worry about their first-round draft pick, offensive tackle James Carpenter, not doing what he can to be ready when training camp starts, Carpenter was grinding away in conditioning drills — as he has for weeks — with roughly two dozen NFL players at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta.

That’s where I caught up with him on Monday,it’s also where Carpenter’s ascension in the draft began, so I learned. Longtime NFL and college offensive line coach Larry Beightol helps CES founder Chip Smith train athletes for the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

After working with Carpenter for a few days before the Senior Bowl, Beightol called a friend on the Seahawks’ coaching staff and told him they really needed to take a good look at Carpenter because he had great feet and was a perfect fit for the zone-blocking scheme new O-line coach Tom Cable likes to use.

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