"He didn't commit a crime, he has no tattoos, he has no kids and he's a pleasant kid. His thing is he hates school, though," Cris Carter told USA Today's Mike Garafolo. "And I'm his dad. He's really bright; he's got an IQ over 130. He just hates school. We gave him the pretest on the Wonderlic. He got a 28.
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"He. Just. Hates. (Bleeping). School."
Duron Carter bounced from Ohio State to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College to Alabama to Florida Atlantic. He left Ohio State after his freshman year for being academically ineligible. He never played a down at Alabama because he was academically ineligible and suspended for undisclosed reasons. Carter didn't receive a waiver to play at FAU, but he was kicked out of practice at one point.
"The team that drafts Duron Carter will get the most lazy, whiny & non-work ethic player the nfl has ever seen," Cayden Cochran, Coffeyville's starting quarterback at the time, posted on his Twitter account, according to Garafolo. "I played w/him. Horrible person & will be a complete cancer to any team on the board."
Cris Carter swears his son has learned from all of those experiences and will excel in a football-only setting. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds with speed, Duron has the look. He caught 44 balls for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns in his brief time at Coffeyville and was a top high-school recruit.
Duron likely will have to catch on as an undrafted free agent and explain himself to interested teams. His dad said his son loves football but wasn't willing to do the necessary things to play the game. The work-ethic question will be another concern. There's significant risk to draft a player with so little college experience and a trunk full of baggage.
"I know there aren't a lot of better receivers than him in this draft," Cris Carter said. "That's not a guess; I know. I know wide receivers. Yes, it might take him some time. I just believe in pro football, it's all football. You get millions of reps. And what's the worst-case scenario? Maybe it takes him 16 months.
"But when you see his talent, you'll be like, 'He's a pro.' "