Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter has made a lot of headlines as of late, and most of these have been for all the wrong reasons.
At one point, Carter was considered one of the top prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft, but after an off-the-field incident, he rubbed a lot of NFL teams the wrong way, resulting in his draft stock plummeting.
Although Carter’s talent is undeniable, players that get in trouble ahead of the draft are a major red flag, especially when the player still insists he’ll be taken in the top 10 and won’t visit with teams outside of the top 10 picks.
Former longtime NFL general manager Scott Pioli recently reacted to the news about Carter not visiting with teams outside of the top 10 and shared his reaction with Kyle Brandt on Good Morning Football.
Turning down pre-draft visits to teams outside of the first 10 selections…@scottpioli51 on Jalen Carter's bold strategy pic.twitter.com/HaGOs1MMNT
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) April 4, 2023
Carter’s talent is undeniable, as he’s arguably one of the best defensive players in the draft, if not the best defensive player in the draft.
However, this could be a massive gamble for Carter and his agent Drew Rosenhaus, as teams may decide to keep the Georgia product off their draft board and look elsewhere to improve at the defensive tackle position.
Overconfidence in the NFL Draft can prove costly, especially for players that have shown to be a liability off the field like Carter.
It’ll be interesting to see how much this changes things for Carter and if teams truly aren’t willing to take the gamble on the 22-year-old come draft day on April 27.NEXT: Patriots Analyst Disputes Latest Mac Jones Report