Positives: Good size and very well built, great strength and leg drive for his size. He has pretty good burst and speed and runs with good pad level. He runs very tough and hard, especially for a guy his size. He churns his feet after contact and consistently gets yards after initial contact. He attacks defenders in the open field and runs through tackles effectively because he gets low and has strong legs. He has pretty good vision and runs patiently as he waits for his blocks to set up. He also showed much better hands than I expected in Orlando, so much so that I jokingly asked him in an interview why they didn’t throw him the ball more when he was there.
Negatives: He has some character concerns as he has had academic issues in the past and was suspended for a one punch fight, supposedly stemming from a snow-ball fight. He needs work as a pass protector and he will have some durability questions because of his size. He doesn’t have great speed to rip off huge runs in the NFL and won’t get the edge nearly as often in the NFL as he did in college.
Overall: I really like Delone Carter’s game and I think he could be an absolute steal in the mid-rounds. I think he can be a starter in the right offense, though I don’t think he would be a great fit for a man scheme as a feature back. He has good burst, speed, vision and he runs very hard and I love that. He really impressed me as a runner against Kansas State in their bowl game and he carried that momentum to the East-West Shrine game practice field. I think Carter has steal written all over him, so it will be interesting to see if he pans out. Hopefully he doesn’t have any off-field issues and he develops into a quality NFL starter.
Projection: 4th round. He won’t go high as other smaller backs because he might have some questions about off-field issues and he doesn’t have game-breaking speed but teams will sleep on him because of his size and I think he will surprise a lot of people with his production in the NFL.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
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