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Combine Results

Grade
5.14 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Being one of the top safety recruits in the country out of Miami's Southridge High School, it was natural for him to sign with the Hurricanes. Depth in the secondary caused him to be a bit player in his first two years (six tackles in 2013; two starts, 26 tackles, five pass breakups as a sophomore). Carter only started once in 2015, as well, but he played regularly enough for scouts to see his athleticism and physicality (49 tackles, INT, two PBU). In 2016, he was the full-time starter, leading Miami with 85 tackles on the year (also three pass breakups).

Analysis

Strengths

Has the muscular, well-proportioned build to draw oohs and aahs off the bus. Checks all the physical boxes scouts want checked. Plus athleticism with top speed to range over the top. Usually found at high safety, but has ability to cover tight ends if asked. Able to click accelerator and fire into top gear quickly. Isn't shy. Can land a heavy blow as a tackler when he's in position. Offers early special teams help.

Weaknesses

Instincts are below average. Slow to respond to what he sees. Hesitation allows for throwing windows in the seam and over the top. Makes way too few plays on the ball. Too easily manipulated by quarterbacks. Majority of tackles happened down the field. Slow to diagnose run and race downhill to help. Tape shows mental busts that lead to big plays for opponents.

Draft Projection

PFA

Sources Tell Us

"I don't see the ball skills to be a starter but guys that look like that make rosters." - NFC Director of Personnel at Shrine practices

Bottom Line

Carter is a classic height, weight, speed player who is more project than prospect at this point. Teams typically draft defenders with these types of physical and athletic attributes and attempt to mold them or turn them into special teams specialists. Carter's lack of meaningful production speaks to his instincts and how Miami used him. Single-high safety might not be the best fit for him, but he could find new life on the NFL level if a team can fit him into the right scheme.
-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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