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Pats & Senior Bowl: Gabe Carimi

Every day from Senior Bowl practices this week, New England native Steve Muench of ESPN's Scouts Inc. will highlight one player who catches his eye from a Patriots perspective.

On Tuesday, it is Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, who ranks 19th on the Scouts Inc. board:

"One of the things that has been impressive watching him here is his power base, his ability to lock on defenders and drive them. He is an excellent run blocker. He's not necessarily an elite athlete -- so you're not looking at an Orlando Pace-type franchise left tackle -- but he is a cornerstone guy who is long enough and has good enough feet to be your right tackle for 10 years.

"One of the reasons to like him from a Patriots perspective is that he can line up at guard and tackle. So he gives you some options if they want to flip Sebastian Vollmer to left tackle, or he could line up at guard immediately. He plays with great power and also has a mean streak. All the things you like about Logan Mankins, he has that same type of style, so he's almost a perfect fit."

On Monday, Muench highlighed Purdue defensive end/outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

"As a follow-up, you might hear that Kerrigan is not having as good of a week, or that he struggled today. But I think it's important to point out that he's going up against the top two offensive tackles here and he's holding his own. Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan has been standing out, but he's also going up against weaker competition."