Jermaine Carter

Maryland
ILB

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
Fort Washington, MD
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
228 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.05
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Carolina
Panthers
Round 5 ‧ Pick 24
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"Pee Wee" Carter has been a big story for the Terrapins the past three seasons. He played as a reserve in all 13 games of his redshirt freshman season (27 tackles, led team with two forced fumbles) before taking on that leadership role. Carter was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2015, starting all 12 games at middle linebacker and leading the Terps with 103 tackles (13 for loss). He was a repeat honorable mention all-conference selection the following year, racking up 112 tackles in the middle, nine for loss, and six sacks to go along with an interception, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Carter was a team captain each of his final two years on campus, including his senior season when earning the team's Defensive Player of the Year award and honorable mention All-Big Ten notice (team-high 90 tackles, 3.5 sacks; conference-high four fumbles).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Nicknamed "Pee Wee" at an early age, Carter is a hungry inside linebacker with a track record of durability and production despite being so lightly recruited coming out. Carter's chances of making a team could be hurt by his lack of size and instincts for an inside linebacker. If Carter can prove to be the special teams demon we saw as a freshman and sophomore at Maryland, his ability to cover and handle core special teams duties could greatly improve his chances.
Strengths
  • Solid testing numbers including a 4.69 forty
  • Two-year captain and highly respected team leader
  • Extremely high football character and loves everything about the sport
  • Durable, consistent, and active
  • Team tackle leader for three years in a row
  • Patient in pursuit and rarely overshoots his mark
  • Looks to land as hard as he can as a hitter
  • Seven forced fumbles for his career
  • Asked and able to handle some man coverage duties
  • Can get it on special teams with 24 career tackles including 22 over his first two years.
Weaknesses
  • Undersized for the interior and can be affected by climbing blockers
  • Can be slow to punch and work off blockers to make the play
  • Below average quickness to diagnose and respond to counters and play-action
  • Slow starts on pursuit put him in more challenging tackle situations
  • Too many missed/broken tackles in 2017
  • Play speed on tape appears to be slower than posted speed
  • May lack the juice to handle a move to outside linebacker
  • Needs to make more plays flowing downhill.

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GRADE
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