Eagles insider Dave Spadaro said the latest word around OTA’s in Philadelphia is 2023 first-round pick Jalen Carter “broke” a blocking sled during the first weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Carter is already turning heads with his size, skill, and of course, strength.
“If he puts it all together, he has a chance to be a really, really great football player,” Spadaro said.
The 22-year-old Carter fell to the Eagles in the NFL Draft. They selected him as the ninth overall selection.
Carter dropped in the draft due to off-the-field issues surrounding a January car crash which led to the deaths of University of Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler Lecroy.
Carter was allegedly driving an SUV on a suspended license while racing another SUV occupied by Lecroy and Willock before the fatal accident.
He pleaded no contest, receiving 12 months of probation, 80 hours of community service and a fine of $1,000.
Carter signed a four-year, $21.8 million contract with the Eagles on May 4.
According to Spadaro, Carter has been a model citizen.
“He’s been at every meeting. He’s been at every practice. He’s been on time for everything,” Spadaro said.
The Eagles have done their due diligence on Carter. Several of his former and current teammates have gone to bat for him.
Carter is expected be an integral part of the defensive line this year. He is expected to be a presence in the middle of the defensive line after the loss of Javon Hargrave and the 11 sacks he had last season.
Eagles rookie DT Jalen Carter. Photo courtsey of Eagles Nation – Twitter