Jalen Carter has already shown his talents to the world in his first two seasons as a member of the Georgia football team. However, this upcoming season will likely be the most important one of his career.
He has shared the load with Georgia star Jordan Davis, but now that he will be the starter, Carter will get to prove that he will be better than his friend. Carter has so much potential that he could very well be better than Davis in some areas and produce even more damage up front.
ESPN put together a list of top draft picks for each top-25 school for 2023, and Carter was the selection for the Dawgs.
Georgia football defensive lineman Jalen Carter hasn’t shown us how good he is.
As a sophomore, Carter recorded 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, two pass breakups, two blocked kicks and 30 quarterback hurries.
In the national championship game, he had six pressures himself. He recorded eight against Auburn, but his best game had to be Kentucky when he finished with six tackles, 2.5 sacks for loss, and 0.5 sacks.
In short, Carter knows how to put pressure on the quarterback, and with so many people leaving for the draft this year, it’s a good thing he is a rising junior.
Not many people were able to contain him when he was on the field, and now he has an opportunity to become a leader like Davis with more time to improve his craft and show even though Georgia loses starters after their 2021 national championship run, those coming back are just as good.
Not to mention he was the guy who blocked Will Reichard’s kick in the title game as well. That block was his second one of the season, but he was also in on the other blocks that were credited elsewhere.
There is something about Carter that makes us believe he has the potential to be one of the greatest defensive linemen to come out of Athens. Sure there will be big shoes to fill with Davis, but Carter can do it.
He now has two full seasons under his belt, so Carter’s junior year could be a big one and one that results in yet another first-round draft pick.