Georgia DT Jalen Carter comes in heavy, doing position drills only at pro day

This is not how Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter envisioned his offseason. Carter went into prep for the 2023 NFL draft as the consensus top defensive tackle in the draft and could have made a statement to earn a pick in the Top Three. But instead, things have spiraled for Carter stemming from an off-field tragedy we are still seeing the effects of at his pro day.

According to Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, Carter weighed in at the Georgia pro day up nine pounds from the combine and has opted not to do any testing including the 40-yard dash. Carter will only do positional drills.

Carter’s draft status remains in limbo with just over a month to the NFL draft. Carter’s film is outstanding. His game and stature remind pundits of guys like Philadelphia’s Fletcher Cox or Kansas City’s Chris Jones and if we are just going off the film, some team will get a perennial All-Pro. But his off-field concerns are real and if they spill over into his football world, teams will rightfully be cautious of investing a Top 10 pick in him.

Story originally appeared on Draft Wire