The Bulldogs defense is doing it again in 2022. After watching a record number of players get drafted in 2021, many expected the unit to take a step back this season, but they haven’t missed a beat. A big reason for that is Jalen Carter, the 6’3″, 310-pound behemoth standing in the middle of the Georgia defensive line.
Carter has played in 11 games for the Dawgs this season, recording 7.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He’s a disruptor that will surely be taken within the top ten picks. Both the NFL Draft Network and ESPN had Carter going second overall in their most recent mock drafts. However, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently reported that “character issues” could lead to Carter falling come the draft.
“With Carter, there are some character issues, does he get along with everybody, What’s he like to deal with in the locker room, those sorts of issues,” McShay said this week on ESPN. “I know it’s early in the process, but I’m forewarning everybody out there. Carter is going to be a hot-button name when we talk about some of the intangible aspects of it. I think Pete Carroll (and the Seattle Seahawks) at No. 2, who has a long of history taking guys with questionable character and then developing them and having them work out, that would make a lot of sense to me.”
This is something to monitor. Teams won’t leave any stone unturned doing their research, especially when it comes to a potential top-five draft pick. However, these reports could also be nothing but smoke stemming from teams that hope Carter could end up falling to them.
One of those organizations very well might be the Falcons, who are currently projected to pick 10th in the draft. Depending on how Atlanta finishes, they may select considerably higher, bringing Jalen Carter into the picture, especially if there are actually teams potentially worried about his character.
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