4 prospects the Commanders must avoid during 2023 NFL Draft

(Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) Jalen Carter
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Commanders must avoid Jalen Carter

  • Defensive Tackle | Georgia Bulldogs

To say things haven’t gone according to plan for Jalen Carter throughout the assessment process would be a massive understatement. The defensive tackle was widely considered to be among the top prospects entering the league in 2023, but some off-the-field concerns coupled with conditioning issues mean he could be a shocking faller when the time comes.

In terms of production on the field, Carter is a magnificent specimen. The defensive tackle wreaked havoc constantly throughout his time at Georgia, winning two national championships and standing out considerably on a unit that is loaded with high-caliber performers.

There are now some significant red flags where Carter is concerned. The prospect pleaded no contest to reckless driving and racing last month, which his attorney stated did not cause the deaths of teammate Devin Willock and staff member Chandler LeCroy.

This was swiftly followed by an indifferent showing at Georgia’s pro day. Carter looked out of shape and reportedly couldn’t finish specific drills, which is something that won’t go unnoticed by NFL scouts despite his exceptional film.

Another revelation recently claimed the Las Vegas Raiders have removed Carter completely from their draft board, which was denied by head coach Josh McDaniels. They might not be alone in that regard, but the Washington Commanders should avoid the temptation considering their current defensive tackle options, which they’ve invested a significant amount in.