Draft Profile: BioAndre Carter II played wide receiver and tight end at Westbury Christian High School and went unranked by all the major scouting services since he was viewed as being both too lean and tall to play linebacker. As a result, he received very little attention from FBS and FCS schools. He joined the US military academy at West Point knowing that very few NFL prospects have come this way. Carter first took the field for Army in 2019 as a freshman Carter II saw action in just one game and played just 2 snaps for the Black Knights.
As a sophomore in 2020 Carter II played in 9 games and took part in 198 snaps for the Black Knights. He recorded 9 tackles, 3 assists, while adding 7 stops. In coverage, Carter added a single interception As a pass rusher, he chalked up 12 total pressures, 8 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and one sack during the year.
In 2021 as a junior Carter exploded as he played 13 games contributing on 639 snaps. He recorded 20 tackles, with 8 assists while making 24 stops. In coverage, Carter chalked up one pass breakup, and added an interception. As a pass rusher, he logged a massive 58 total pressures, which included 34 QB hurries, 9 QB hits, and an outstanding 15 sacks on the year. At the end of season, he was named to the AP All-American team, the first Black Knight to make that list in 31 years. He trailed only Alabama's Will Anderson in sacks with 15.5 and made one and a half more than last year's number-one pick Aidan Hutchinson.
In 2022 as a senior Carter II logged playing time in 9 games and logged a total of 525 snaps for the Black Knights. He also added 28 tackles, 3 assists, and 19 stops. While in coverage Carter II made no pass breakups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 114.8. As a pass rusher, he tallied 21 total pressures, which included 15 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and a solid 4 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- The talent is there as a sideline-to-sideline playmaker.
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #13. He wrote "Now a 6-7, 260-pound senior with a 6-10 wingspan, Carter piled up 18.5 TFLs, 15.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2021. Carter’s length is only more amazing when factoring in that he also blazed a 4.2 in his pro agility test this offseason. Army coaches say that when Carter’s doing change of direction work in the summer, he finishes in the top three with their skill guys. They also say his reaction time and processing speed is unmatched."
- He’s a fluid, fast, and aggressive tackling machine, an elite athlete considering his size (he has room to add more weight to his frame).
- Carter has quickness in his hands and uses his length effectively.
- He can be used as a rangy run defender inside, instinctive when it comes to locating the ball with the quickness to get to it before blockers can react at the second level.
- He’s an explosive mover, and Carter shows body control and flexibility as a pass rusher. He can dip and bend around the corner, and he maintains speed while he does.
- He’s elite coming out of his stance, and he shows the ability to ward off blockers with quick, violent hands and possesses a massive wing span
- Carter has good movement skills with a decent range. And he proved capable of holding up in zone coverage and can be used as an effective A-gap blitzer.
- Not just an edge rusher but is a complete linebacker who is surprisingly smooth when it comes to dropping into coverage defending the pass
- A smart player with the patience to let a play develop before committing
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Hips are a bit high, arms are long, and waist is narrow, which limits his ability to anchor and turn
- His upper body is a lot more developed than his lower half leaving him at the mercy of smaller powerful blockers in the run game
- Height leaves him susceptible to cut blocks Carter must learn to defeat with his hands.
- He’s perfectly capable of converting speed into power when he gets to the ball, but too often he slips off tackles or turns into a grab-and-drag tackler rather than a hitter, failing to keep his legs driving through the hit.
- Biggest issue that will hurt Carter's draft stock is his commitment to the military where traditionally they were not allowed to play in the NFL. Although since 2019, when the Department of Defense instituted a new policy that allows any service academy athlete to request a deferment of their required military service until the end of their NFL days. The granting of such a request is not guaranteed and he would still be obligated to be called back into service when required - making it a gamble for any pro team
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Scouting Report: SummaryAndre Carter II is an incredible athlete with a massive wing span, elite agility, and change of direction skills with the speed to match tight ends in coverage. The only thing holding him back from being a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft is his commitment to the US military which although very noble could well impact his playing time in the pros.
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Update - 03/12/2023From the DailyMail.com
Star Army linebacker Andre Carter II will be eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft thanks to some year-end legislation formally filed Tuesday morning.
Responding to outcry from football fans and other concerned citizens, politicians on Capital Hill added a provision in the Omnibus Appropriations Measure, which is expected to pass this week and will allow Carter and other current academy upperclassmen at Army, Navy, and Air Force to defer their obligatory military service to pursue pro sports.
At the combine, Carter hurt his stock. His arms were shorter than expected (in the 76th percentile) which was a little disappointing. However, the testing was pretty horrible for him - where he was billed as a hyper athlete, the results were pedestrian at best. His vertical was in the 11percentile and his broad jump was in the 10th! Carter is not a day-one pick anymore.
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