Jalen Carter Says the Eagles Will Draft Him at No. 10 If Still Available
It’s draft day, and clarity is surfacing here in Kansas City (yeah, I’m actually in KC). We don’t know where Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter will land, but we may now know where he won’t slide beyond. Carter said on Wednesday that he received a promise from the Eagles that they would draft him at No. 10 if he is still on the board.
At a Wednesday community event in Kansas City, Carter confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark that Philadelphia Eagles VP Howie Roseman told his agent Drew Rosenhaus that the Eagles would select Carter if he were still on the board at No. 10.
“I believe so. It might have been something like that,” Carter said when asked by NBC Sports’ John Clark if the Eagles will draft him.
“So, if you’re there at 10, the Eagles are taking you?” Clark said. “Yes, sir,” Carter replied.
That explains why Drew Rosenhaus only took top ten visits for the Georgia DT in the pre-draft process. So much has been made of Carter’s maturity since he was in hot water with Georgia police following a fatal car crash on January 14.
Carter flew back to Georgia from the NFL Scouting Combine to answer an arrest warrant. He later flew back to Indianapolis to answer questions but sat out most of the physical testing at the combine. Carter also showed up out of shape at Georgia’s pro day last month.
The 21-year-old draft prospect was sentenced to 12 months on probation. He will be required to pay a $1,000 fine, perform 80 hours of community service and complete a state-approved defensive driving course. He will not serve any jail time and cannot face additional charges in connection with the crash.
Still, there’s little doubt that Carter will make it past No. 10. Even without the promise from Howie Roseman and the Eagles. Unfortunately for the Eagles, I doubt that Carter is there at No. 10. There’s a strong chance that Seattle takes Carter at No. 5. If Seattle doesn’t select Carter, Bears fans are hoping he falls to No. 9.
Carter logged 15.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, 66 pressures, four pass knockdowns, and two forced fumbles at Georgia. He was an All-American in 2022 despite missing two games due to a knee injury. Carter Carter is a twitchy, three-down defensive lineman with extraordinary quickness and power. He moves extraordinarily well for his size. Despite not posting huge sack totals, Carter is the best defensive lineman in the draft.
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