Jalen Carter NFL Draft 2023 scouting report: Prospect profile, NFL Combine results, pro comparison, more

Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter is one of the top prospects, regardless of position, as we look ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft. A five-star recruit out of Apopka High School in Florida, Carter has been the centerpiece of Georgia’s championship-winning defense over the past two seasons. He combined to rack up 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks across 2021 and 2022, but beyond the stat sheet, he’s been a 6-foot-3, 310-pound force against the run and a disruptive pass rusher. Some even believe he was the best player on a 2021 Georgia defense that had five first-round picks.

While Carter’s talent warrants him being a top-five pick, he got in some legal trouble after he was issued an arrest warrant after it was discovered he left the scene of a fatal car crash in January. A resolution was reached in mid-March, as Carter entered into a deal with Athens-Clarke County solicitors, where he pled no contest. The 21-year-old avoided jail time, but received 12 months of probation, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service along with a driving course. 

It’s unclear how this situation, in addition to his disappointing Pro Day, will impact his draft stock, but he’s still one of the best defensive talents in this class.

Below is a comprehensive draft profile for Carter, including his scouting report, prospect ranking, pro comparison, combine results, college and high school accolades and overall NFL outlook.

Note: This profile will be updated as more information becomes available.


  • Age: 21
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 310
  • Hometown: Apopka, Florida
  • Interesting fact: 2022 unanimous All-American

Position: No. 1 DL | Overall: No. 2 | Ranking: 94.23 (All-Pro)

CBS Sports mock drafts

  • Ryan Wilson: Seahawks (No. 5)
  • Chris Trapasso: Lions (No. 6)
  • Josh Edwards: Bears (No. 9)
  • Kyle Stackpole: Raiders (No. 7)

Expected draft position (via Grinding the Mocks): 4.3 (DT1)

To check out all of’s most recent mock drafts, click here.

NFL combine measurements/results

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 314 lbs | Arms: 33 1/2″ | Hands: 10 1/4″

  • 40-yard dash: N/A
  • Broad jump: N/A
  • Vertical jump: N/A

Scouting report

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.


  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance 


  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

NFL comparison

College stats




7.0 3.0 3 2
2021 15 37 8.5 3.0 1 0
2020 10 14 3.0 0.0 0 0

College Accolades


  • 2022: First-team All-American (Associated Press, FWAA, Walter Camp, Sporting News)
  • 2022: First-team All-SEC (AP, coaches)
  • 2021: Second-team All-SEC (coaches)

Notable statistics

  • 2021: One of 20 players nationally with multiple placement kick blocks in 2021

High school: Apopka (Apopka, Florida)
Class: 2020
Composite Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (0.9912)

  • National: 18 | DT: 4 | Florida: 3 | All-time: 377

High school accolades: Under Armour All-America Game participant 

Check out Jalen Carter’s full 247Sports profile, here. For his MaxPreps profile, click here.

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