One prospect who the Broncos had a pre-draft visit with and are showing interest in is former Georgia linebacker, Lorenzo Carter. He is a 6’6”, 250lb linebacker who is considered one of the more intriguing outside linebackers in the draft. Carter is ranked as the 5th best outside linebacker in the 2018 NFL Draft according to NFL Draft Scout and is considered the 40th overall player in the entire draft.
He played four seasons at Georgia and put up some good numbers. During his four-year career, Carter totaled 166 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 6 fumble recoveries, 6 forced fumbles, and 1 defensive touchdown. This past season, Carter totaled 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, and 3 forced fumbles.
Lorenzo Carter, Senior, Georgia
Height: 6’6” Weight: 250lbs 40 time: 4.5 second
Arm Length: 34” Hands: 10 3/8”
Vertical Jump: 36 inches Broad Jump: 130 inches
- Looks the part of an NFL edge rusher
- Has room to add weight/muscle/bulk to his frame
- Has tentacles for arms with big hands
- A twitchy athlete with loose hips and easy movement skills
- Accelerates quickly and is just fast
- Uses his size and arm length well when engaging offensive lineman
- At his best when in space
- Has plus lateral movement
- More than just a pass rusher
- Played multiple roles at Georgia and that versatility will benefit him at the next level
- Is an active tackle who will rip the ball out
- Forced six career forced fumbles at Georgia
- Has value on special teams as a blocker
- His best football is ahead of him
- Needs to add muscle/bulk to his frame
- Has a lanky frame
- Really needs to work on his pass rush technique and moves
- Relied on his athleticism as a pass rusher
- Doesn’t set the edge well because of the lack of strength/bulk
- Struggles against power
- Might not be a full-time edge rusher
NFL Draft Scout’s Dane Brugler on Carter from his draft guide.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Georgia, Carter was a do-everything SAM linebacker in the Bulldogs’ 3-4 scheme, putting his hand on the ground, standing up wide and lining up all over the formation. Despite his experience over gaps and as a traditional defensive end, he is at his best in space where he can run and utilize his rangy athleticism. Carter has the long-strides, natural bend and length to pressure the edges, but he didn’t make enough backfield plays at Georgia and is better suited as a part-time rusher. Too often on tape, he was pushed around and caught up in the wash and the biggest improvement he must make for the pro level is his ability to take on blockers and shed while tracking the football. Overall, Carter has enticing athleticism, length and versatility to play an outside linebacker role in any NFL scheme, but he needs to get stronger and develop his diagnose skills to land and secure a starting job – freaky athleticism and length will have him overdrafted, maybe as early as the first round.
NFL Network’s draft expert Daniel Jeremiah on Lorenzo Carter.
Carter is a long, loose and explosive outside linebacker for the Bulldogs. Against the run, he uses his length to lock out blocks and hold the point on the front side. He has tremendous speed to close down space from the backside. Against the pass, he’s more of a blitzer than a pass rusher. He lacks a vast array of moves, but he wins with pure athleticism. He also has value on special teams (see blocked field goal in Rose Bowl). I believe his best football is ahead of him.
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Does linebacker Lorenzo Carter make sense for the Denver Broncos?
Yes, but how they plan to utilize him will be key.
Carter has the size and athletic traits you look for from an edge rusher or linebacker but lacks the development to be a full-time edge rusher currently. He’s too lean and doesn’t have much of a pass rush move. He’s a better blitzer than pass rusher right now. The question is, can he become a full-time edge rusher?
I view Carter as a potential chess piece. He’s athletic enough to be a good off the ball linebacker who excels in space and occasionally blitzes. Much like how the Patriots used Jamie Collins during his time with them. While at Georgia, he did a bunch of everything. Rushed off the edge, put his hand in the dirt, played weak-side linebacker, dropped into zone, manned up on a tight end and so on.
I think some teams will see his size and try to make him into a full-time edge rusher, but I believe he is more than that. He can be someone who does a bit of everything for you, including rushing the passer. If you want him to be a full-time pass rusher, he will need some coaching up and bulk added to his frame to be there full-time.
I think Carter is an early second round option for the Broncos, but I could see him moving into the first-round based on his athleticism alone.