Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi enters the Scouting Combine coming off an impressive Senior Bowl and decorated college career. Joe Thomas’ successor for the Badgers, Carimi started 49 games in Madison, was twice a first-team all-conference pick, and earned Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and Outland Trophy honors in 2010.
Carimi has earned the right to be confident.
And he is.
“I’m completely confident in my game,” Carimi said at the Combine Thursday, according to Comcast SportsNet New England’s Tom Curran. “I really don’t have any problems. … I know I’m the best tackle out there and I just have to play like it and act like it.”
Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo tops Mike Mayock’s draft-eligible offensive tackle rankings. Castonzo was asked about Carimi’s self promotion.
“That’s his opinion,” Castonzo replied.
Other candidates to be the first offensive tackle drafted include Nate Solder of Colorado and USC’s Tyron Smith. Mississippi State’s Derek Sherrod is another potential first-round tackle.
Carimi was also asked whether he’s received interest from the Patriots.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t comment on the Patriots.”
Sounds like he’s talked to the Patriots plenty.