Photo of Cethan Carter
Grade
4.9 ?
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 241LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

A highly-recruited multi-purpose offensive player out of Louisiana, Carter eschewed advances from schools like LSU and Miami to go to the Midwest. He got on the field right away, playing in every game and starting six, catching 10 passes for 127 yards. His sophomore season was derailed by a mid-season foot injury, though he started eight games and caught six passes for 98 yards and one score. Cornhusker coaches sat Carter and four other teammates for the 2015 season opener because they violated team rules. He started 11 games that year, though, snatching 24 balls for 329 yards and two scores to garner honorable mention honors from Big Ten media members. Carter also missed significant time in 2016 with an elbow injury but still was voted honorable mention All-Big Ten in 10 games played (19-190, TD).

Analysis

Strengths

Able to sustain move blocks in space against safeties and cornerbacks. Has the athleticism to get to his play-side angles as a zone blocker. Operates with good hand placement as a blocker most of the time. Gives adequate effort in running game. Gets off the line and into his route with adequate speed. Opens quickly out of the top of his route and makes himself a wide target for the quarterback. His 2015 tape shows the speed and athleticism to work the deep middle and intermediate routes.

Weaknesses

Hands were bad over the last two years with 10 drops against 43 catches. Struggles with hands when ball gets above the waist and with most quick-reaction catches. Limited catch radius with short arms and small hands. Offered little run-after-catch potential at Nebraska. Routes are raw and lack quality. Features too much forward lean as both a pass and run blocker causing him to tumble forward off of blocks. Needs to learn to run his feet under his hands for better block security. May be too small to handle in-line duties as a blocker.

Bottom Line

Carter is a block-first, move tight end in the Nebraska offense but he lacks the size and ability to sustain at the point of attack to handle in-line blocking duties on the next level. He may not have the hands or route separation to handle pass-catching duties on the next level and he has played sparingly on special teams. To carve out a spot on a roster, Carter will have to prove that he can do one of those things well.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.