Photo of Alex Carter
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 3
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 80

Combine Results

5.49 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 40.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.31 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"In today's NFL you see more corners converted inside. He had extensive production at Stanford." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 196LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands


Selected honorable mention All-Pac-12 three times (2012-2014). Played through a torn labrum during 2014 season. Was a U.S. Army and Parade All-American out of Briar Woods High School (Va.). Selected first-team All-State as a defensive back and kick returner. His father, Tom, played at Notre Dame and was the 17th selection of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Tom finished with 27 career interceptions. Younger sister, Cameron, suffered from Type I diabetes and passed away in her sleep at the age of 14.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds



Good size for a cornerback. Aggressive effort to redirect receivers off the line. Shows patience from press coverage and doesn't open hips too quickly. Physical tackler willing to step downhill, shed the block and throw his body into a tackle. Quick to plant and drive on throws and tries to maul receiver at point of catch in order to disrupt. Plays with limited wasted motion. Has above-average spatial awareness in zone coverage, maintaining good position on the receiver. Adequate instincts and feel for the game. Matched up against NFL-caliber receivers during three-year stint at Stanford.


Struggles to mirror and match in man coverage against more sophisticated routes. Sluggish responding to inside release, offering up instant separation. Lacks fluidity in hips and feet for quick recovery. Long strider missing ability to hit top speed quickly. Appears to lack some confidence in deep coverage. Opens hips earlier than necessary on intermediate routes in preparing to run with speedy receivers. Can be a head-dropper as a perimeter tackler, losing sight of his target. Must improve awareness with back to the ball.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

NFL Comparison

David Amerson

Bottom Line

Physical cornerback who's at his best when he's able to see the play develop in front of him rather than having to lock down a target as a man-to-man cover corner. Carter's ability to tackle and play the ball in space should interest zone defenses, but a transition to safety might make sense if he can carry a bit more weight.
-Lance Zierlein
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.