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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Michael Carter

Positional ranking: #6

Big Board ranking: #91



Position: RB

College: North Carolina

Class: Senior

Age: 21



Height: 5’7 7/8”

Weight: 201 lbs.

Arm length: 29 1/8”

Hand size: 8 3/4”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.50 sec.

Vertical jump: 34.0”

Broad jump: 119.0”

Bench press: 16 reps

3-cone drill: 6.81 sec.

Short shuttle: 3.98 sec.



Great vision and quick eyes to see the field. Puts his foot in the ground and gets through the hole. Ideal blend of patience and decisiveness. Tremendous acceleration to reach the second level. Very light feet to make defenders miss in space. Great agility and quickness. Weaves as a runner while keeping his shoulders square on cuts. Natural pacing to defeat pursuit angles. Quick cuts that he can carry vertically. Very elusive. Impressive contact balance. Good ability to shed tacklers in traffic. Allows blockers to set things up. Quality burst/speed to the sideline. Soft hands. Dangerous on swing passes and wheel routes. Tough and physical squaring up as a pass blocker. Extremely competitive and doesn’t back down. Adds value as a kick returner.



Short in stature. Vision gets clouded by early backfield penetration. Struggles to make defenders miss when they get downhill quickly. Shiftiness might be more anticipatory than close-quarters sudden. Hips appear to be a bit stiff. Could be viewed as more of a complementary option than potential workhorse.


NFL comparison

Devin Singletary



Overall, Carter is a quick, one-cut runner that can rip off chunk plays behind an offense line that will consistently open holes. The toughness and receiving ability should make him a strong selection in the third round for teams that miss out on the top options at the position.


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