Sam Carter, SS

School: TCU  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 203 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

For some fans of college football, TCU remains a "small school" attempting to break into the big time. Scouts, however, know better. Gary Patterson and his staff have made the Horned Frogs a consistent top 10 candidate and a hotbed for NFL talent. TCU has been especially successful in churning out defensive prospects and 2015 will prove no exception, with cornerback Kevin White and junior safety Chris Hackett each possible top 100 selections.

Carter isn't in the same class from an athletic standpoint but the former quarterback made a quick transition to the defensive side of the ball for the Horned Frogs and developed into second team All-Big 12 defender over his final two seasons in Fort Worth, recording 112 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks and nine interceptions over that time.

The physicality and aggression that helped make Carter a standout at TCU, however, is also what could limit him at the next level. He's overly reliant on grabbing hold of tight ends and pass-catchers in coverage to re-direct them, showing less-than ideal fluidity and awareness of passing avenues.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a stout frame for the position with good overall musculature. Very aggressive defender given his prior experience at quarterback. Attacks the line of scrimmage in run support, showing the grit to take on blockers and the burst to split gaps and create havoc in the backfield. Gets a strong jam on pass-catchers as they come of the ball, often forcing quarterbacks to look elsewhere because of his ability to re-route receivers and throw off the timing of the passing game. Experience at quarterback can be seen with his route recognition. Shows good awareness of route concepts and has a knack of breaking in front of pass-catchers to steal the ball. Strong hands and an aggressive nature to win contested passes.

WEAKNESSES: May be too aggressive for his own good. Sticky hands and often extends his arm to catch receivers and ride them throughout the play, which could draw the ire of referees in the NFL. Plays the man rather than the ball too often, losing sight of the football while trying to compete with the intended receiver for positioning. Highly aggressive in run support but allows himself to get of control with his pursuit angles, failing to break down sufficiently. Leaves himself vulnerable to cut-back lanes and too often simply whiffs because he misjudges the pursuit angle.

--Rob Rang

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