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03-29-2009, 10:59 AM
By Roy Philpott Florida State cornerback Tony Carter has set a visit with the Dallas Cowboys for April 13.
03-29-2009, 11:18 AM
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War Room analysis
Strengths: Is aggressive, showing the willingness to come upfield quickly to make hard hits. Fights through wide receivers' blocks to make tackles on running plays to his side. Shows quick footwork. After changing directions, accelerates to full speed quickly and flashes good closing burst to receivers. Goes after pass breakups aggressively and does not hesitate to blow up receivers right after catches. Is good at playing between short and intermediate receivers in zone coverage. Shows the hands and athleticism to get back and intercept passes when the quarterback tries to throw over him to intermediate receivers.
Weaknesses: Does not always play to the full extent of his athletic abilities. Has an upright, choppy backpedal. Lacks the explosive burst to catch up and get in good position when beaten. Is overly aggressive at times, biting on pump fakes and allowing receivers to get behind him.
Bottom line: Carter has had an up-and-down career at Florida State and is somewhat of a cornerback/safety 'tweener. He has a chance to be drafted late and could be a starter in the pros with improvement in his technique and consistency.
03-29-2009, 11:21 AM
3/17/2009 - Tony Carter was upset not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine...The former Florida State cornerback did something about it Monday. He ran the 40-yard dash in a hand-held time of 4.34 seconds or better. Carter, who is up 9 pounds to 179 since the 2008 season, also bench-pressed 225 pounds 17 times during pro timing. "I got pretty good feedback from coaches and scouts," Carter said. Carter was among the former Seminoles who took advantage of pro-timing day on the FSU campus in which NFL scouts and coaches observed them run the 40-yard dash, bench press 225 pounds multiple times and participate in agility and skill drills. "Because we had so many guys not in the combine, this workout became a little more important," FSU strength and conditioning coach Todd Stroud said. "We really had some impressive workouts. The numbers that Michael Ray (Garvin), Tony Carter and Antone (Smith) put up in the 40 should help them." - Steve Ellis, Florida Today
Being a four-year starter at Florida State takes a lot of talent. No question, Carter has that. A small but tough 2008 second-team All-ACC pick has been a stalwart for the Seminoles, only missing two games with a knee injury as a sophomore in four seasons. His nine career interceptions and 27 career pass breakups prove he can hang with any receiver; his 12.5 tackles for loss show he's not afraid to mix it up in run support.
Positives: Defines the word scrappy. … Backs down from no one. … Excellent quickness and footwork, can run with any receiver. … Stays low in his stance to quickly change direction. … Despite his lack of size, he uses his hands to stay active in man coverage. … Uses his slim body to slip through blocks in run support. … Good vertical to high-point the ball. … Excellent hand-eye coordination to knock away or intercept passes.
Negatives: Short and very thin frame. … Works hard to get off blocks but may really struggle to do so against larger receivers. … Could improve his tackling in the open field, not solely based on a lack of strength, but will drop his head instead of watching what he hits. … Has had issues with pass interference penalties because he is gets overly physical, or physically overmatched.
Florida State's starter at the field corner position who was one of only three defenders to play in and start all 13 games for the Seminoles' in 2008 … Started 33 consecutive games to end his Florida State career … Earned All-ACC Second team honors … ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance in the Seminoles' victory at Miami … Named the top leader on the defensive side of the football by the coaching staff … Seminoles' 11thleading tackler and the leading tackler among Florida State's cornerbacks with 25 … Florida State's leader with two interceptions - both in the Seminoles' victory over Miami - gave him nine for his career.
Started all 13 games for the Seminoles at the left (field) cornerback position … has started 20 consecutive games entering the 2008 season … finished seventh on the team in tackles with 45 stops - the highest single-season total of his career … finished second on the team with a single-season career-high four interceptions … his four interceptions in 2007 bested his career total for his first two seasons … single-game career-high two interceptions came in the Seminoles' 16-6 victory over Colorado with his second pick coming in the fourth quarter of the win over the Buffaloes … also had an interception in the Seminoles' victory over then-No. 2 Boston College … added his fourth pick in the Music City Bowl when he returned an Andre Woodson pick 24 yards for a TD that tied the game at 14-14 … marked the third straight bowl game with an interception for Carter and the second straight INT for a TD in a bowl game … has now scored four TDs in his career (3 INT and 1 blocked FG) on top of returning a blocked PAT for points as well … also returned a fumble 51 yards in the Music City Bowl that set up FSU's first TD that tied the game at 7-7 … a career-high tying four tackles for minus yardage came against UAB, Colorado, at Wake Forest and at Virginia Tech … tied for the team lead with six pass break-ups to give him 23 for the first three years of his career.
Started 11 of the Seminoles' 13 games at the field cornerback position … missed the Seminoles' games against NC State and Duke with a knee injury … the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Seminoles' 44-27 victory over UCLA in the Emerald Bowl … second on the team with two interceptions - both of which he returned for touchdowns … scored on a 35-yard interception return against Virginia to give the Seminoles a 7-0 lead in their 33-0 victory over Cavaliers … scored on an 86-yard interception against UCLA to give Florida State a 44-27 lead in its victory over the Bruins … ranked seventh on the team in scoring with 20 points - all from the defensive side of the ball … totaled eight points against Clemson as he returned a blocked PAT for two points in the first quarter and retuned a blocked field goal for six points in the second quarter … Carter actually led Clemson, 8-6, on the scoreboard with just under a minute to go in the first half … earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors for his performance against the Tigers … tied for eighth on the team with 27 tackles … tied his career-high with seven tackles (five unassisted and two assisted) against Wake Forest … had at least one tackle in 10 of his 11 games with multiple tackles coming in his final eight games of the year … tied his career-high with two pass break-ups in two different games (Florida, UCLA).
A speedy redshirt freshman who stepped into the starting lineup when All-American Antonio Cromartie was injured in the preseason … started all 13 games for the Seminoles … led the team in pass break-ups with 12 … eighth on the team in tackles with 41 including four tackles for loss … was named Sporting News Freshman All-American second team … was named first team ACC All-Freshman by Sporting News … had a career-high seven tackles in his first collegiate game against Miami … totaled six tackles and had the only interception by an FSU cornerback in the Orange Bowl against Penn State.
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 2 rated cornerback in the nation … Named to the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75 … One of the fastest players in the state of Florida with a consistent 4.30 the 40-yard dash … Had four INTs, blocked two kicks, and scored five TDs all while splitting time at quarterback and wide receiver in addition to his regular cornerback duties his senior year … Earned third-team all-state honors for class 6A after tallying 43 tackles and nine INTs … Was the MVP of the Nike camp held in Gainesville in the spring of 2003 … As a junior he made to the state finals in the 110-M hurdles … Was also a member of the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio played on January 3 … Picked Florida State over Tennessee and North Carolina.
Enrolled in FSU's undergraduate studies program … Born May 24, 1986 … Father (Tony Carter, Sr.) played basketball at FSU.
03-29-2009, 01:16 PM
Home of Legends, thanks for info on carter
03-29-2009, 02:59 PM
I like his experience and the fact he played in 33 straight games..never really seen him play though, so I'll reserve my judgement.
03-29-2009, 04:18 PM
I was looking at the cbssportsline website, and they list him at 5'-9".
I'm not sure that's accurate though.
Carter seems to be an interesting prospect with a lot of speed. Wish he was about 1-2 inches taller. He's going to have a difficult time going against tall, physical WRs.
I'd think he'd be a priority UDFA or a 7th round pick. But then again, he's got a ton of experience as well at a top program, so maybe he can stick . . . .
03-29-2009, 05:05 PM
He might warrant a look in the 6th round.
03-29-2009, 05:13 PM
He might warrant a look in the 6th round.
I can't wait until the Draft. :)
03-29-2009, 07:41 PM
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