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What You Need to Know:
-A 3-star recruit, Carter saw 97 carries as a freshman at North Carolina and posted backfield-highs in YPC (5.8) and TDs (8).
-His sophomore year (2018) turned up a broken wrist that forced 3 missed games. He still showed his pass catching upside with a backfield-leading 25 catches.
-He split carries almost evenly with Broncos Round 2 pick Javonte Williams over the next 2 seasons. Carter was productive over that stretch with 2,248 yards, 16 total TDs and 46 catches.
-At 5’8, 201 pounds, he’s clearly undersized. But on tape, he showed excellent elusiveness, tackle-breaking ability and vision.
-Carter arrives to a wide open Jets backfield as a Round 4 pick. He’ll enter a training camp battle, primarily with Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson.
-Carter projects as a fit in the Jets run scheme under new OC Mike LaFleur. A Shanahan disciple, look for lots of outside zone running and pre-snap motion to gain leverage on the defense.
-Said Carter: “I think my change of direction and stop-start ability complements their system well. I’ve been running pretty much wide zone since I was born, so it comes natural to me. We ran a lot of it in college. Even in high school I did it, even in youth football I did it. So I'm very familiar with it."
-Coleman might be the rookie’s biggest threat; LaFleur has coached Coleman across 4 seasons (2 in Atlanta, 2 in San Francisco).
-Coleman, though, is coming off a career-low 8 appearances and 28 carries in 2020. Now 28, his best days are almost certainly behind him.
-This young Jets offense has a lot to prove overall with rookie Zach Wilson under center. The Jets will count heavily on fellow rookies Alijah Vera-Tucker (LG) and Elijah Moore (WR).
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
We came away impressed by Carter’s tape in the pre-draft process. While on the small side, he has the vision, quickness, and versatility to carve out an immediate role.
Given the weak competition, we have Carter projected to lead this backfield in touches. But that number currently stands at 180, as we’ll very likely see a committee approach. Even so, ~12 touches per game should at least put him on the FLEX radar.