Name: Zachary Carter
Height: 6’3 5/8″
Weight: 287 lbs
Class: Redshirt Senior
Games Watched: 2021 – Alabama, Florida Atlantic, Florida State
- An incredibly powerful defender and force to be reckoned with, whether he’s lined up at 3 or 5 tech in the Gators defense
- Wins at the point of attack in a variety of ways
- Has violent hands that disrupt blockers while attempting to get to opposing quarterbacks
- Combines his bull rush with a variety of pass rush moves that consist of a solid spin move and a dominant long arm technique
- Has the versatility to line up across the defensive line and play at a serviceable level
Areas to Improve:
- Good but not really dominant at either 3T or 5T, making him a bit of a tweener. Carter focusing on position would be huge for his stock
- Plays with a relatively high pad level, which causes him to get washed out in the run game at times. If he could get the pad level more consistent we could see him become a much more complete player.
- Athleticism is a bit of a question, which comes back to him being a bit of a tweener. He isn’t quite explosive enough as a true EDGE, but isn’t quite big or strong enough at IDL.
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Grading scale can be found here.
Carter caught my eye early in Mobile with his power and I had to see more. The former Gator is a good player who has displayed versatility across the defensive line in his college career. Teams will like Carter’s versatility and size and see him as a project player to build around. Carter should be able to carve himself into a decent role at the next level. Teams will fall in love with his pass rush tools as he has quite the arsenal of moves. He may be nothing than more a nickel rusher early on, but once he refines some of his technical issues he should be able to develop into a solid starter. Carter will find his best fit on teams that run multi-front looks and allow him to be moved around as a chess piece on the defensive line.
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