Photo of Tevin Carter

Combine Results

Grade
5.18 ?
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

It's easy to see why NFL scouts are interested in seeing Carter, as he is a physically imposing safety with excellent speed; in high school he was one of the top sprinters in Los Angeles and the state of California. He signed with Cal originally, but ended up at L.A. Southwest Junior College for two seasons (first team All-Conference both years) and attended El Camino College for one year to gain academic eligibility to play at Utah. After an injury-shortened 2014 season (two interceptions in four games played), Carter was the regular starter at strong safety this fall (56 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups). Without a doubt, there will be NFL defensive coordinators wanting to make use of Carter's athleticism and physicality.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds
Vertical: 34 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches
Short shuttle: 4.44 seconds
3-cone: 7.23 seconds
Bench: 19 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Big safety who rarely shortchanges himself when it is time to tackle. Possesses a great radar as tackler and lands powerful finishing blows wrapping, lifting and running feet through the hit. Former high school sprinter with decent straight line speed. Appears to have bone structure capable of taking on more weight for move to linebacker. Can sift through trash in the box and stick his nose in for the tackle. Highly recruited receiver out of high school still has winning ball skills on 50/50 passes. Has NFL traits that could be unlocked with more experience and coaching.

Weaknesses

Top heavy with average build. Plodder in open field with borderline change of direction ability. Upright in space and seems to drift and wing it in coverage rather than playing with technique. Due to injury in 2014, has limited game experience in major college football. Limited lateral quickness due to hip tightness. Has build­up speed as a downhill player. Lacking instincts and route recognition expected from a former receiver.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

James Sample

Bottom Line

The individual pieces are more intriguing than the sum of those parts at this time. Carter is a terrific tackler who combines attitude and technique for memorable finishes. His cover skills and technique are a bit of a mess as a safety, but he’s still raw and moldable. Carter tackles like a linebacker and could be considered as a box-­only safety with potential to move to linebacker if he can add good weight.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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