Carl Tucker Goes Undrafted, Signs With the Dolphins
After not being selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, Alabama grad-transfer tight end Carl Tucker has been signed by the Miami Dolphins.
Weighing in at 248 pounds and standing tall at 6-foot-2, Tucker is a tall, strong tight end. In an interview with “The Draft Network,” Tucker acknowledged his “physicality” as one of his best traits.
“I hang my hat on my physicality. I don’t think there are many tight ends in this draft class that are as physical and dominant at the line of scrimmage as I am,” Tucker said. “I feel like my physicality and explosive abilities are unmatched.”
During the 2020 National Championship Campaign, Tucker only touched the ball once - a 23-yard kick-off return against Ole miss that set up an eventual Alabama touchdown. Still, Tucker filled a valuable role on the Crimson Tide offense. Playing both tight-end and fullback, the North Carolina native provided endless run-blocking that paved the way for a huge rushing attack throughout the year.
In the same interview, Tucker explained why he loves being a run-blocker.
“I find great satisfaction in seeing my running back run through a huge hole that I helped open up. If I help my runner go off for a long touchdown run off of my backside, that’s a great feeling,” Tucker said. He later added, “It means I won my battle and that’s what I aim to do every single time I step on the field. If I get the job done, the play will be successful.”
Tucker played in seven games for Alabama and started in four. Unfortunately for Tucker, he missed the rest of the schedule due to injury.
Before his time in Tuscaloosa, Tucker spent five years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There, he racked up 549 yards and four touchdowns with 36 total receptions. He averaged 15.3 yards per reception.
While Tucker has battled injuries throughout his collegiate career, he still managed to play in 38 of North Carolina’s 59 games from 2016-2019. In fact, as a redshirt freshman in 2016, Tucker played in every game.
Tucker joins Jaylen Waddle, Tua Tagovailoa and several others as former members of the Crimson Tide on the Dolphins.
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