Draft Profile: BioCaelen Carson attended North Point High School and was rated a 3 star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.830, going unranked by ESPN Following high school, Carson opted to join Wake Forest.
In 2020 as a freshman Carson saw action in 8 games and played on a total of 507 snaps for the Demon Deacons. He recorded 22 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 6 stops. In coverage Carson notched up 2 pass break ups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 49.3.
As a sophomore for the Demon Deacons in 2021 Carson played in 9 games and took part on 466 snaps for the Demon Deacons. He made 30 tackles, 2 assists, and had 7 stops. In coverage Carson totaled 5 pass break ups, 2 interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 55.5.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Alert defender for zone coverage, showing good understanding of route progressions occurring behind him and a quick burst downhill to break on underneath passes in front of him.
- Has at least adequate straight-line speed and good balance, fluidity to change direction.
- Explodes out of his backpedal and has the hands and coordination to force interceptions.
- Can get up under a receiver’s chin and has the speed to flip his hips and run downfield. Carson has the quick and surprisingly powerful hands to jostle receivers early. But he’s at his best peeking into the backfield.
- Carson can flip his hips and run, with good top-end speed and the length to make plays on the ball.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Gets sloppy with his backpedal when playing off-man and seems to lack the instincts to close on the ball.
- Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
- Might not be the kind of pure shutdown corner that the top prospects in this draft have the skill set to become, but offers scheme versatility and the ability to slide inside and cover the slot.
- Needs to develop a better understanding of route combinations and better overall vision.
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