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Former Kennewick Lion Could be Top 15 Draft Pick

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KENNEWICK, Wash - Former Kennewick Lion Adam Carriker is back on his old stomping grounds this week as he prepares to have his name called in this year's N.F.L. draft.  Carriker started out as a quarterback on the Kennewick Lions football team back in 1999, but quickly found his niche as a defensive end his senior year.  When he graduated he was a solid 6'6, 240 pounds.  50 pounds of muscle later, Carriker has graduated from the University of Nebraska as one of the top defensive ends in the country.  But this week, Carriker chose to not go to New York for the draft ceremony, rather he'll be watching from the comfort of his home, with his family, his wife, and close friends sharing in the moment.  Adam says the team he would most like to play for is the Denver Broncos because it puts him that much closer to Nebraska, the state where he was born.  As for plans for his signing bonus and brand new salary?  "Go on my honeymoon finally!" laughs Adam.  Carriker was married last December, but has not yet had a chance to take his new bride on their honeymoon.

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Carriker became a fulltime starter as a sophomore and was Nebraska's defensive M.V.P in 2005, when he had 17 tackles for loss and nine and a-half sacks. He followed that with 52 tackles, 16 for loss and seven sacks with an interception and three batted balls last year. Big 12 coaches named him the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the conference as a senior. Carriker plays with smarts and gives great effort on almost every down. He is a tough tackler with instincts and an ability to collapse the pocket. The six-six, 296-pound Carriker has great strength and will play through injuries. Although exceptional versus the run, he is not yet a great pass-rusher and can be neutralized at the line. But he has great instincts and appears to have the tools to become a solid contributor in the N.F.L.