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Rams select...Jerome Carter
S | (5'11", 228, 4.55) | FLORIDA STATE
Strengths: Hits fairly well and can be an intimidating presence over the middle. Possesses adequate bulk, is well-built and can line up in the box. Plays with a mean streak and is physical at the point of attack. Takes good angles to the ball and shows good range in run support. Has the athletic ability to slip blocks in space and will make plays in pursuit. Plays under control in space, wraps up upon contact and is a reliable open field tackler. Plays with a good motor and should make an immediate contribution on special teams.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal recognition skills, takes too many false steps and is vulnerable to play action. Doesn't explode out of cuts, lacks ideal change-of-direction skills and teams shouldn't feel comfortable regularly leaving him on an island. Doesn't show a second gear when tracking the ball downfield and lacks ideal range. Lacks ideal upper body strength, doesn't use hands well and takes too long to shed blocks. Doesn't play with great discipline, is overaggressive and over pursues at times. Has had off-season shoulder surgery twice, sustained a season-ending knee injury in 2001 and durability is somewhat of a concern. Mental capacity a concern; scored a 13 on Wonderlic Test.
Overall: Carter provided adequate depth and contributed on special teams while playing in the first six games of his true freshman season in 2001 but he sustained a season-ending knee injury. He started 11 of the 14 games he played in during the 2002 season. Carter started 13 games in 2003, finishing the season with 78 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble. He also recorded two interceptions that year. Carter recoded 74 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and one interception during his senior season in 2004. Carter has the tenacity, size and straight-line speed to develop into an effective run stuffer from the safety position in the NFL. However, he lacks ideal athletic ability and is a liability in deep zone coverage and man-to-man coverage versus slot receivers and some more athletic tight ends. Carter has a chance to develop into a backup that can contribute as an in-the-box safety in certain sub packages and he also has a good deal of upside as a cover-guy on special teams. However, his upside at safety is limited by his lack of athleticism and his lack of height will likely prevent a move to OLB. That's why he grades out as nothing more than a fifth round draft prospect.
Jerome Carter, SS, Florida State
Height: 5:11.3 Weight: 219
Overview: A hard-hitting rover, Jerome Carter was viewed as the Seminoles' leader on and off the field. He was voted defensive captain by his teammates in 2004 and not only called assignments for the secondary, but took on the role of mentoring younger players. Regarded as the most punishing tackler in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Carter guided a unit that was ranked seventh nationally in total defense and fourth nationally in scoring defense in 2004. Carter attended Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) High, where he was a two-time All-State first-team selection as a junior and senior. He was named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches and called one of the nation's top 25 players by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Report. Carter was selected the top prep player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun and was a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 squad. He recorded 77 total tackles (50 solo) his senior season and also rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 avg) with 11 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven more scores on offense. Carter was credited with 119 total tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Carter was thrust into action as a true freshman, playing as a reserve strong safety in the first six games of 2001 before suffering a torn right knee anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined him for the second half of the season. He finished with 11 tackles (7 solo), one pass break-up, and he returned a blocked punt 12 yards for a touchdown. In 2002, Carter manned the rover position, starting 11 games. He finished third on the team with a career-high 94 tackles (60 solo), including a sack and three pass deflections. Carter then started in his final 25 games as a Seminole. He registered 78 tackles (45 solo) with six stops for losses, two interceptions and two pass breakups as a junior in 2003. He capped his career in 2004 by posting 74 tackles (40 solo), a sack, 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, an interception and five pass deflections. In 45 games at Florida State, Carter was credited with 257 tackles (152 solo), 2.5 sacks for minus-13 yards and 14 stops for losses of 53 yards. He caused two fumbles, deflected 11 passes and intercepted three others while starting 36 contests. His 257 tackles were the most by any 2004 Florida State player.
Analysis: Positives... A willing tackler. ... Responsible leader on and off the field. ... Has good short area quickness, strength and balance. ... Will stick his head in the pile and will come down and compete vs. the bigger blockers working inside the box. ... Shows the ability to track the ball through traffic. ...Takes just adequate angles to the ball, but can make adjustments on the move. ... Will face up and wrap, showing a decent feel to fit. ... Gives good effort in run force, taking on the blocks with aggression to fill between the tackles. ... Best when playing close to the line of scrimmage, as he has the agility to slip blocks in space. ... Wraps upon contact and does a good job with his hands to keep blockers off his body.
Negatives... Does not show the foot quickness or hip snap to shadow receivers and lacks the agility to recover when beaten. ... Looks very choppy with his feet during backpedaling and is slow to turn, causing him to lose position. ... Has adequate awareness of receivers in zone coverage, but is too often late to jump on the ball. ... Takes extra steps in transition and will round his cuts. ... Lacks the burst to close and does a poor job of taking proper angles to the ball. ... Does not possess natural hands, struggling to adjust with his back to the ball. ... Bites on play action and is prone to taking false steps in pursuit. ... Tight in his hips and this allows receivers to beat him with fakes and double moves when working in space. ... Not a strong tackler, but will face up. ... Struggles to shed blocks, as he keeps his hands too close to his body rather than extending. ... Gets too reckless in his play, resulting in him over-pursuing the ball. ... Durability is a concern due to a rash of injuries and his shoulders need further medical evaluation.
Agility tests: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash...268-pound bench press...345-pound squat...217-pound power clean...4.29 20-yard shuttle...31-inch vertical jump...32 -inch arm length...9 -inch hands...Right-handed...10/27 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) High, playing football for coach Danny Green... Two-time All-State first-team selection as a junior and senior. ... Named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches and chosen one of the nation's top 25 players by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Report. ... Selected the top player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun. ... Recorded 77 tackles (50 solo) on defense and rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 avg) with 11 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven scores on offense his senior season. ... Credited with 119 tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.
Personal: Social Science major. ... Born 10/25/82. ... Resides in Lake City, Florida.
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