Photo of Sam Carter
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Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 215LBS. Weight



Big safety. Played hybrid linebacker/safety position in TCU's 4-2-5. Scouts rave about his football intelligence and ability to line up teammates inside of Gary Patterson's complicated scheme at TCU. Three-year starter with 30 passes defensed and 13 interceptions. Good sense of timing and ball skills when ball is in the air. Dangerous blitzer off edge with 7 sacks as sophomore and junior. Has burst to attack plays in front of him. Good attention to detail and is rarely out of position. Team captain. Only four penalties as a starter.


Shows concerning level of stiffness in lower half. Has tight hips and struggles to open and run in space. Looks the part of thumper, but isn't that guy. Stays glued to blocks. Drag-down tackler who rarely launches himself into his work as a hitter. Can be easily mismatched in man coverage. Not physical enough to convert to 4-3 outside linebacker. Marginal lateral movement in zone coverage. Too often takes a passive angle to ball carriers.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Box safeties are a dime a dozen, but box safeties that aren't particularly physical are much more rare for a reason -- they don't make teams. Carter has the body, but must improve on his cover skills and tackling. Carter is likely a late-round pick at best, but once in camp, Carter might have to open eyes on special teams to have a shot.
-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.