Eagles Rumors: Jalen Carter was on his ‘best behavior’ when around Jordan Davis at Georgia
The 2023 NFL Draft is swiftly approaching, and one of the most intriguing prospects this year is Georgia DT Jalen Carter.
Carter has been the centerpiece of Georgia’s championship defense over the last two seasons and is widely considered the best overall non-QB talent in the 2023 class. At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, Carter is a disruptive force along the defensive line, but legal issues and maturity questions have teams skeptical about his transition to the pros.
If Carter’s red flags prove too troublesome, he could slide to the Eagles at No. 10 overall. Philadelphia typically stays away from players with poor reputations (Carter quite literally goes against every principle GM Howie Roseman stands for), but they have one ace at their disposal: former Georgia teammate Jordan Davis.
“When you talk to people around that Georgia program, they say that one guy — maybe THE one guy — that kept Jalen Carter really in line was Jordan Davis. When he was around Jordan Davis, he was on some of his best behavior. Philly would have that advantage, bringing [Carter] to Philly and having Jordan Davis as a guy that could help out there.” — Adam Schefter on 97.5 The Fanatic
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Davis and Carter played for two years together at Georgia, winning a National Championship in 2021. The Eagles traded up to select Jordan Davis in last year’s draft, and his fun-loving personality instantly made him a fan favorite. Of the potential landing spots for Carter, Philly’s well-established culture of winning and accountability would likely serve him best.
Jalen Carter Scouting Report via NFL.com
“When assessing a player’s draft grade, we take into consideration areas like traits, toughness, explosiveness, skill level, potential for growth and positional projections. Across the board, Carter checks out in a big way.
However, his maturity will need to be vetted by each team as they make their evaluations. The tape shows a defender with odd- or even-front versatility and a rare blend of first-step quickness and leverage through contact. He’s capable of finding quick wins against sloppy guard play and finishes the play once he’s in the backfield.
His hand usage can be violent or subtle, but the feet are always active and searching for an opening. Based upon talent, traits and projection, Carter appears ready to step into the NFL and become a productive three-down talent with Pro Bowl potential.”
Jalen Carter should not be able to move this FAST 😳 pic.twitter.com/HDU8E6rAXl— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) December 15, 2022
Mandatory Credit Tony Walsh | UGA Athletics