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Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Profile: S Jamal Carter

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Carter looks to bring the boom in the pros

NCAA Football: Miami at Notre Dame Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Measurements: Six foot one, 218 pounds

Hometown: Naranja, Florida

High School: A standout safety for Miami Southridge High School

College All-Star Game: 2017 East-West Shrine Game (East Team)

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Days

From his days as a consensus four-star prospect in high school, Jamal Carter has been a fan favourite based on his style of play.

Beginning his career like most freshman on defense, he made his initial presence on special teams, playing both on kick coverage and in the return game, where he returned four kicks for 60 total yards and an average of 15 yards per kick.

Carter was a victim to depth in the secondary when he came into the program, and he had to fight for more playing time on defense. In his second year, he saw more meaningful playing time with the defense—he started in two games that season. His first start of the season came against the Virginia Cavaliers, a game in which he nabbed his first career interception. Carter ended the season with 5 pass break ups and 26 total tackles.

As a junior, Carter improved in his second season in the Miami secondary. He was a fixture in the back end of the defense, playing in all 12 regular-season games and improving on his career best in total tackles (48). He also recorded 2 pass break ups, a forced fumble, and one interception. However, the 2015 season ultimately was one of turmoil for Miami’s football program: Head coach Al Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio were fired. Not helping matters, Carter and Courtel Jenkins were suspended and sent home for a violation of team rules after Miami traveled to El Paso, Texas to square off with Washington State in the Sun Bowl.

However, change is one of life’s guarantees. So, with a new captain of the ship (Mark Richt), a new commander of quarters (defensive coordinator Manny Diaz) and a new defensive scheme (a switch to the 4–3 defense from the 3–4 strategy that Carter and his teammates played for the majority of their careers), Carter would need to put his best foot forward for those new faces and to conclude his senior year at Miami in a more positive way than his junior season.

Carter appeared driven with the change in defensive scheme. He set a career high and led all Hurricane defenders in tackles with 85, recorded 3 PBUs, and had a single tackle for loss. Carter was able to play to his strengths and was a full-time starter in the attacking 4–3 defense, coming downhill with the intention of thumping the ball carrier.

Similar to many of his UM teammates making the trek toward the NFL this offseason, Carter had little time to enjoy a productive senior year. Carter took part in the East-West Shrine Game in January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, representing team East. That was followed up with a trip to the NFL Scouting Combine. Later in the month, Carter showed off his skill set to representatives of all 32 NFL teams.

Game Film to Watch

Miami Hurricanes vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack, November 26, 2016

Carter tallied 10 tackles, with one accounting as a tackle for loss, and a single pass break up.

What the Experts Are Saying

“Carter is a classic height, weight, speed player who is more project than prospect at this point.”

Lance Zierlein,

“Carter can be a tone-setter on defense or special teams with his big hits and his energy.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Carter has the appearance and the intangibles to be a good NFL player. However, his style of play either brings him glory or creates gaffes. A tendency to look for the big hit causes him to be out of position;when he does land the shot, he’s a candidate for ejection for targeting. He’s a safety that fits best playing closer to the line of scrimmage, as he can have frustrating lapses in coverage. He does find himself around the ball more often than not and was a volume tackler his senior year. He’s an ideal candidate to contribute on special teams immediately, but there would need to be a plan of development before he plays meaningful snaps on defense.