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Giants #3 Pick: Lorenzo Carter, OLB
4 months ago  ::  Apr 27, 2018 - 10:36PM #1
JonahFalcon
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OLB
Lorenzo Carter
6'5"
250 lbs
Georgia
5
POS RK
52
OVR RK
83
GRADE
play

Prospect Profile: Lorenzo Carter
Mel Kiper Jr. says Lorenzo Carter can become an every-down linebacker if his pass rushing can be improved.


Pre-Draft Analysis
Carter has a terrific motor and excellent range versus the run. He's a long, lean and fast 3-4 OLB prospect who needs to bulk up and get stronger before he's capable of competing for a three-down starting job in the NFL, but is capable of contributing as a sub-package pass-rusher and can cover kicks on special teams early in his career.


Post-Draft Analysis
New coordinator James Bettcher is installing the 3-4 defense he ran in Arizona, and Olivier Vernon is the only proven edge rusher. Carter's frame, length and versatility make him a perfect fit for the scheme, plus he has the top-end speed to develop into a productive edge rusher. -- Steve Muench

4 months ago  ::  Apr 27, 2018 - 10:39PM #2
JonahFalcon
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Carter was a five-star prospect and one of the most heralded players in the nation when he was recruited by Georgia but he never made the impact expected of him as a Bulldog. However, Carter played with increased toughness and confidence this year and his NFL potential began to reassert itself once again. Carter is an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 with sideline-to-sideline range and the tools to become a productive edge rusher in sub-packages. He needs to add more bulk, but he is a future NFL starter.



Strengths

  • Tremendously long and rangy
  • Long strider with ability to cover ground quickly and close on wide flowing plays
  • Effective use of arm length
  • Consistent punch and separation against blocks
  • Takes contain responsibilities seriously
  • Plus quickness in lateral slides
  • Frame unravels to catch running backs who think they are in the clear
  • Uses long-arm stab to access blocker's frame and set the edge
  • Build-up speed creates downfield angles to the sideline to challenge ball carriers and receivers after catch
  • Active as tackler to search for and yank at the football
  • Forced and recovered six career fumbles
  • Has edge-threatening get-off
  • Uses slinky upper body to slide around blocker's punch
  • Flashes talent to flip hips around the arc and flatten to the quarterback
  • Posted 15 career sacks

Weaknesses

  • Gangly frame begging for more weight and muscle
  • Thin legs offer subpar base
  • Long tackles can neutralize his length and push him around
  • Not ready to handle downhill rushing attack headed for his doorstep
  • Herd tackler with just moderate solo numbers
  • More of a straight-line mover than expected
  • Rush can be too easily stalled when rushing as an end
  • Slow to activate hands as a pass rusher
  • Will need to develop rush plan and hand usage to counter his lack of play strength
  • Not enough boom for conversion of speed to power
1 week ago  ::  Aug 09, 2018 - 4:08PM #3
JonahFalcon
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giantswire.usatoday.com/2018/08/07/new-y...



While most eyes are on New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley early, and rightfully so, the team boasts several other first-year players that will also be worth watching.

For one, B.J. Hill is one who could be a possible starter on the defensive line. Another rookie who is looking to get significant playing time is linebacker and edge rusher Lorenzo Carter.

Carter was the Giants’ third-round pick out of Georgia and is also in line to potentially start at outside linebacker.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher said that Carter is one player who has consistently stood out on the field and on tape.

“I’ll tell you a guy that’s had a couple good practices is [Lorenzo Carter],” Bettcher said. “Lorenzo’s really had a couple of good practices and as in any rookie, the challenge is to stack them — it’s not to have one day in flash, it’s to have two days and, OK, let’s go correct what we’ve got to correct, then as a young guy, do we see when you go to the field, do we see those corrections happen and do we see it continue to get better? So, we’re looking for a third day in a row from him. He’s had some on and off days, he’s had two pretty good days in a row, and we’re looking for a third good day today.”

The Giants lacked a pass rush last season and struggled overall on defense; things that ultimately led to major changes. Part of that was bringing in Bettcher to replace Steve Spagnuolo and use his 3-4 base defensive system.

In Bettcher’s 3-4 system, Carter is expected to excel. However, his learning curve appears to be shorter than it is for most rookies, which means nothing but good things for Bettcher, the Giants and their pass rush.

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