Draft Profile: RB Michael Carter, North Carolina

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Photo courtesy of Pensacola News Journal

Pos: RB
HT: 5’8″
WT: 199
Class: 4SR
College: North Carolina
DOB: 5/7/99

Stats/Accolades/History:
2017: 11 games. 97 att, 559 yards, 8 TDs; 11 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
2018: 9 games. 84 att, 597 yards, 2 TDs; 25 rec, 135 yards, 1 TD
2019: 13 games. 177 att, 1003 yards, 3 TDs; 21 rec, 154 yards, 2 TDs
2020: 11 games. 156 att, 1245 yards, 9 TDs; 25 rec, 267 yards, 2 TDs
Misc. Stats: 29 KR for 650 yards

Accolades: 2019 Third Team All-ACC, 2020 First Team All-ACC, 2020 Third-team All-American

Injury History: Suffered knee injury Junior year of HS.

History: Three-star recruit from Navarre, FL. Accumulated 3,345 all-purpose yards as a Senior, on his way to USA Today Florida Offensive Player of the Year. Participated in the 2021 Senior Bowl.

Strengths: Shifty runner with light feet. Accelerates quickly, really good burst. Jump cut is special, makes would-be tacklers look silly. Good vision and feel for setting up blocks. Can run inside despite lack of size. Actually really effective being able to hide behind linemen. Has a good understanding of leverage and balance, can spin out of pile ups, to gain extra yardage. Good, experienced receiver, who had 82 career catches. Experience as a kick returner. Great character, voted team captain as a Senior.

Weaknesses: Obvious size limitations will deter some. Has bounce off, but not run over break tackle ability. More quick than fast, short strider who can get chased down from behind. Not a fit for every scheme.

Overview: Carter fits best in a zone blocking scheme, where he can use his quickness, vision and quick processing to make big plays, as a 1B in a committee backfield. He brings 3 down experience and has been used as a kick returner.

Evaluation based on. @ Miami 20′, Syracuse 20′, Virginia Tech 20′, Wake Forest 20′

Draft Projection: Middle Day Two Pick

Draft Grade: 5.71

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