Negatives: Can be engulfed by larger blockers... Can be pushed around... Lacks the power to split double teams... Does not get off blocks especially quick... Not real strong... Loses ground at POA... Needs a clear path to the quarterback to be successful... Tends to run around blocks, struggles to face them head on... Can be run at... Needs to improve maintaining containment... Can be slow to diagnose and read plays, not the most instinctive player... Has played in a down position and will need to adjust to standing upright... Is strictly a 3-4 OLB prospect at this point, would need to add considerable muscle mass to get looks as a 4-3 DE... Any additional bulk might impact his speed... Lack of competition playing at the FCS level."
2009: He was selected Second-Team All-Southland Conference, Carter finished the 2009 season with 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He recorded 47 total tackles and recovered two fumbles.
2008:5 solo tackles 13 assists 4½ TFLs, 3½ sacks 1 forced fumble.
Carter has drawn comparisons to former teammate Larry Hart. I could see someone taking a chance on developing him as happened to Larry Hart. But physically he's clearly closer to the NFL prototype guy over a 6'0" Larry Hart. Carter might be looked at as a possible 4-3 DE if he can bulk up 10-15 pounds and enter the NFL at 6'4" 260+. As of now playing as a 3-4 OLB seems more likely right now but he at least has some options.
Strengths: He has been productive 11.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks in 2009 19 TFL, 5.5 sacks in 2010. He's athletic, lanky, with long arms, good agility, he deflects some passes, he has leadership skills, is durable and when asked to he has taken fairly good drops into coverage.
While some think he's cut from the same cloth as Jacob Ford and Larry Hart. Clearly there's a particular style of Defensive End that plays at UCA and Carter fits that mold. Carter is explosive toward the line and if the RB or QB runs to the edge, he's there to lay down the punishment. He has solid ability to hold onto a ball carrier. He's a team leader also. His Force at Point of Attack is solid in his game, he shows good playing speed, very aggressive but plays smart. His field intelligence has allowed him to remain healthy. I've watched him survey the field looking at schemes before the ball is snapped and blow up a runner who thought his path was clear.
He moves well and was always around the quarterback, often one step away from getting to him. If you watched the film from the McNeese game he certainly seemed to be asserting himself even more in his farewell game.
Weaknesses: I'm not sure I'd put him in the same league with Ford or even Hart. he needs to gain some weight to play end in the NFL. Speed alone only gets you so far when you are taking on 270+ lb tight ends and 320+ lb tackles; also I'm not sure he can gain much weight since hasn't gained much since coming to UCA.
Carter certainly has ability, but he needs to get stronger. Ford and Hart certainly appeared to be stronger in both their upper and lower body. Carter looked like he always had the frame to get bigger but never did - or at least as much as one would expect. He will need to add more pass rush moves, make better use of leverage, work on disengagement, add more power to his explosiveness, improve his strength at POA, anchoring, technique and maintenance of containment.
Projection: Carter could go undrafted or he could work himself up to the 5th round if he runs in the mid to low 4.7s and proves he can play 3-4 OLB."