Georgia’s All-American defensive lineman called Philadelphia Eagles team executives, including general manager Howie Roseman, before the NFL draft to assure them they would not regret selecting him, as per Tim McManus of ESPN.
The Eagles thought very highly of Carter prior to the NFL draft and he was widely regarded as the best prospect.
Off the field issues were the questions surrounding Carter prior to the draft. It was reported that Georgia coaches didn’t speak highly of him, because of his “practice habits and attitude.”
The Eagles coaches and management were enamored with Carter’s talent. The organization values defensive line talent. The Eagles philosophy is that the game is won at the line of scrimmage.
McManus reports that Carter’s phone call as “final pieces to a puzzle the Eagles had spent months trying to put together.”
Carter wanted to play for the Eagles, because of their enormously talented team that features his former Georgia teammates Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean.
The Eagles traded up to select Carter, and they also added his fellow Georgia teammate LB Nolan Smith with their other first round pick. In the fourth round, the Eagles selected CB Kelee Ringo, another Georgia Bulldogs defensive player.
Carter has been impressive throughout Eagles training camp. He has showed his impressive combination of size and speed. Players and coaches have been raving about his talent.
With the opening game of the 2023 season on the horizon, Eagles fans are excited to see Carter on the field and making plays. The Eagles open the season on Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 PM against the New England Patriots.
Eagles defensive lineman Jalen Carter. Photo courtesy of NFL Rumors – Twitter/X