Lorenzo Carter: 2018 NFL draft prospect
Lorenzo Carter showed up on the NFL Draft Board. He appeared on Julio’s Fueled by Sports 2018 NFL mock draft. Julio’s 29 September mock draft has Carter going to the Miami Dolphins with the 21st pick.
Lorenzo Carter is the man! pic.twitter.com/9TbfUz3Q2a
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 23, 2017
Lorenzo Carter: high school
Carter came out of Norcross in 2014. According to 247Sports Carter was the #18 recruit overall, and the #2 OLB. Army All-American Bowl offered Carter an invite.
With these numbers it is somewhat surprising that Carter didn’t leave for the NFL sooner.
Lorenzo Carter: Georgia
Carter is playing his senior season for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2017. And, it seems to have paid off. Carter didn’t start the season on the NFL Draft Board. But the combination of Georgia winning and Carter returning to his sensational freshman season when he earned the Georgia Newcomer of the Year Award.
Carter’s suffered a sophomore slump. He totaled only 19 tackles compared to 41 during his freshman season. But Carter came back his junior year with 44 tackles.
The Georgia Bulldogs are playing well so far in 2017. Beating Notre Dame in South Bend put Georgia on the map. And, it propelled Lorenzo Carter onto the NFL Draft Board.
Unless you’re a UGA fan, it’s not fun meeting Lorenzo Carter… pic.twitter.com/iqFJSDJbEg
— blakejmorgan (@_blakejmorgan_) September 28, 2017
Bypassing the 2017 NFL draft
Lorenzo Carter could performed well enough his junior year to opt for the NFL draft. But Carter bypassed the draft to “have another chance to put the ‘G’ on and to have the chance to graduate.”
He is content with his decision to play his senior year. And it seems to have paid off. The 2017 NFL draft was heavy in the OLB/DE position. NFL teams drafted seven OLB/DEs in the first round. So far, only five OLB/DEs appear in the top 32 on the NFL Draft Board.
Statistics don’t lie
If an NFL team plays a little moneyball and goes on statistics Lorenzo Carter could be the top drafted rusher.
UGA’s Lorenzo Carter has rushed the passer very effectively this season.
He has 13 pressures on just 46 pass-rush attempts. pic.twitter.com/kVz82mcO5C
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 21, 2017
On the horizon for Lorenzo Carter
NFL teams will dig deep into Carter’s game film like they do for everyone. Like, why the sophomore slump? The game to watch will be the SEC championship game.
Georgia should be playing Alabama for the SEC championship. Alabama doesn’t have a Cam Robinson this year for Carter to go up against. But this should be the biggest test for the Georgia defense for the year. And everyone will be watching. Does Carter end on a high note.
2018 NFL draft
Lorenzo Carter will leave Georgia with a degree from a quality institution. And improve his 2018 NFL draft status. A good decision that will pay dividends now and later.
— Cody Chaffins (@Cody_Fox5) September 17, 2017