Lorenzo Carter

Georgia
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Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Norcross, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
250 lbs
34”
Hands
10 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.85
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 3 ‧ Pick 2
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4.5
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Vertical Jump
36.0
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Broad Jump
130.0
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Before Georgia's Liberty Bowl matchup against TCU in December 2016, head coach Kirby Smart challenged Carter and others to step up their games. The long, lean rush linebacker with excellent straight-line speed responded with seven tackles and two forced fumbles in the win, showing the playmaking ability scouts expected to see. Carter had been productive in his junior season (44 tackles, five sacks, 13 pressures in 13 games, with nine starts), but much more had been expected of him since arriving between the hedges. He came through with a second-team All-SEC senior campaign, starting 10 of 15 games played, making 61 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and a team-high three forced fumbles while often playing off the line of scrimmage. Carter was ranked as high as the second-best recruit in the country, and Georgia fans are thrilled to see the Norcross native (he led the team to a state title with 132 tackles, 40 for loss, six sacks as a senior) staying in-state. He was the team's Newcomer of the Year in his first year on campus, starting five of 13 games played, making 41 tackles, seven for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Carter had an impressive Belk Bowl performance against Louisville that year, with eight tackles and a sack. His sophomore numbers dropped, however, as he started just two of 13 games and had just 19 tackles on the year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
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Round 2
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Overview
Carter was a five-star prospect and one of the most heralded players in the nation when he was recruited by Georgia but he never made the impact expected of him as a Bulldog. However, Carter played with increased toughness and confidence this year and his NFL potential began to reassert itself once again. Carter is an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 with sideline-to-sideline range and the tools to become a productive edge rusher in sub-packages. He needs to add more bulk, but he is a future NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Tremendously long and rangy
  • Long strider with ability to cover ground quickly and close on wide flowing plays
  • Effective use of arm length
  • Consistent punch and separation against blocks
  • Takes contain responsibilities seriously
  • Plus quickness in lateral slides
  • Frame unravels to catch running backs who think they are in the clear
  • Uses long-arm stab to access blocker's frame and set the edge
  • Build-up speed creates downfield angles to the sideline to challenge ball carriers and receivers after catch
  • Active as tackler to search for and yank at the football
  • Forced and recovered six career fumbles
  • Has edge-threatening get-off
  • Uses slinky upper body to slide around blocker's punch
  • Flashes talent to flip hips around the arc and flatten to the quarterback
  • Posted 15 career sacks
Weaknesses
  • Gangly frame begging for more weight and muscle
  • Thin legs offer subpar base
  • Long tackles can neutralize his length and push him around
  • Not ready to handle downhill rushing attack headed for his doorstep
  • Herd tackler with just moderate solo numbers
  • More of a straight-line mover than expected
  • Rush can be too easily stalled when rushing as an end
  • Slow to activate hands as a pass rusher
  • Will need to develop rush plan and hand usage to counter his lack of play strength
  • Not enough boom for conversion of speed to power
Sources Tell Us

"He was a really big deal coming out but I didn't think he developed as much after his freshman year as I expected him to. He's been in a lot of different roles over there but this year I thought he looked more aggressive and more comfortable outside." -- SEC area scout for NFC team

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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