Lions draft preview: Defensive tackle Jalen Carter
Jalen Carter has the talent to be the No. 1 overall pick, but past behavior and judgment could allow him to fall to Detroit at No. 6 in Thursday's NFL Draft.
State of play: The 6-foot-3, 314-pound defensive lineman was a standout on Georgia's national championship-winning defense.
- But his role in a fatal January car crash warranted a year's probation sentence.
- His conditioning and work ethic have also been questioned.
The intrigue: Carter's power, speed and size make him an ideal pro interior lineman — on the field.
- Pairing him with Aidan Hutchinson could give the Lions one of the most explosive defensive lines in the league.
Yes, but: Under coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes, the Lions have a reputation for valuing gritty players with an innate desire to succeed. That might not be Carter.
Best case scenario: Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
Worst case scenario: Former Michigan State Spartan Malik McDowell, whose career floundered after legal problems.
Quotable: "Supremely talented, immature, does it on his pace," an anonymous scout told NFL writer Bob McGinn.
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