Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter heads into his junior campaign as one of the most hyped talents in college football. A celebrated recruit out of Apopka, Florida, Carter flashed enticing potential as a true freshman and then served as a key cog in the Dawgs’ national title run this past season. Now, with three of his D-linemates taken in the first 28 picks of the 2022 NFL draft, Carter is officially The Guy on UGA’s defensive front. Offering an enticing mix of size, athleticism and power, Carter has the full attention of NFL scouts seeking disruption on the defensive interior. But he’ll also enter every game this fall as the primary focus of opposing game plans.
It’s rare to find an interior defensive lineman with this combination of explosiveness and looseness. Usually, twitched-up/explosive guys are stiff-hipped and stiff-ankled. Carter’s neither. He can really sink his hips and drop his weight easily to hold the point of attack. He can also bend and wrap around blocks to get to the football. That makes him an absolute nightmare to contain. He’s still developing an overall game plan, but the true junior has all of the tools to be an elite NFL player.
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