6th overall (from Rams): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Jalen Carter remains one of the most-talked prospects in the entire 2023 NFL Draft class. He has been ranked as the #1 overall prospect on big boards throughout national media and his tape reflects a high-impact defender capable of taking over a game. However, character concerns have come to light in recent months after he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing that stemmed from a car crash in January that killed two people. While he avoided jail time after a sentence that included 12 months’ probation, questions will remain regarding his maturity off the field.
His talent is undeniable and the Lions have a culture growing that should help him remove distractions and focus on developing as a player. Dan Campbell has proven to get the most effort out of his players and Carter will provide a valuable presence along an improving defensive line. With Aidan Hutchinson rushing from the edge, Carter’s ability as both a run defender and pass rusher from the interior will complement well. Carter is a unique prospect, with the talent and athleticism to shine early. As long as he can stay out of further trouble, his future is bright. The Lions have also made him an official 30 visit