2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Quinton Carter
Carter has benefited from playing in many different defensive schemes with the Sooners, and he has been quite versatile for them as well. He has been quite productive in his career with Oklahoma, and has all of the talent to succeed at the next level.
Player Name: Quinton Carter
Position: Free Safety
Carter’s versatility makes him quite special. He can play both safety positions, and is excellent in zone coverage. He does well in breaking on the football and using his exceptional instincts to make plays on the ball. He doesn’t have the greatest hands, but they are sufficient enough. Carter does well in change of direction, and excels when in two deep coverage formats. He is a big hitter over the middle and isn’t afraid to lay out and make a tackle. He gets a great knee bend and gets low on his back pedal.
Carter needs to work on breaking down when making tackles in the open field. He needs to drive through tackles and work on wrapping up consistently. His speed isn’t going to be extremely coveted. He has good, but not great speed, which is why we won’t see him playing centerfield as often. He has the change of direction ability to play corner, but he will be limited to mostly zone coverage. Sometimes he plays a bit stiff, and isn’t always consistent when turning his hips.
Carter could go as early as the late 2nd round, but the mid-3rd/early 4th round seems ideal for him. Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Baltimore and Atlanta will all take a hard look at him at the end of the 3rd round. Look for Carter to slip no further than pick 97 overall, which puts him at the top of the 4th round.
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