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Prospect Profiles: Quinton Carter


Triangle Numbers: 6, 208, 4.62

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Ideal height, adequate bulk and a sturdy build
• Naturally athletic with decent speed and a burst
• Is tough, physical and will deliver knockout hits
• Excels in zone situations when facing the action
• Above average hands, ball skills and body control
• Is active, aggressive and flows to the ball well
• Nice range, covers a lot of ground and closes fast
• Good football IQ with solid instincts / awareness
• Is intense, competitive and confident in abilities
• Will also offer a lot of potential on special teams

• Lacks fluid hips to transition smoothly in coverage
• Will struggle to match up against wideouts in man
• Poor pad level and will get too high in backpedal
• Often times goes for big hit rather than wrapping up
• Vulnerable to double moves / fakes and gets tricked
• Might be a bit of a Cornerback / Safety ‘Tweener

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Terrific production the last two seasons (185 tackles, eight interceptions)… Has good pop, will make some big hits, physical presence over the middle… Good awareness and instincts, knows tendencies and usually puts himself in good position to make a play… Has adequate speed and possesses good range in deep coverage, can cover a lot of ground by taking good angles… Is a heady player and good leader, an overall competitor… Durability not much of an issue, has not sustained any serious injuries… Pretty good at finding the ball in the air, gets head around and goes after it, has reasonably good ball skills and has been known to make acrobatic catches… Man coverage skills are adequate, has enough quickness to hang tough on short and intermediate routes against slot receivers.

Negatives: Just average bulk, has good height for the position, but appears slightly on the thin side… Inconsistency perhaps his biggest flaw, looks very good at times, but blows coverages too regularly and misses a lot of tackles in the open field… Needs to work on body control and flexibility, plays a little too stiff at times, not a superior athlete for the position… Upside might be limited, not versatile enough to be a good fit in any system.

National Football Post:

Looks bigger than his frame would indicate and has the ability to really bring the wood as a tackler. Showcases good read and diagnose skills in the secondary and has a real nose for the ball. Recognizes routes quickly and consistently is moving toward the action from the deep half. Does a nice job timing up plays and disengaging the ball from man on contact, but also knows how to play the throw and exhibits good ball skills down the field. However, lacks ideal straight-line speed when asked to run sideline-to-sideline and seems to only have one gear. Isn’t real fluid in his drop, either, and allows himself to get a bit high at times, which causes him to struggle cleanly getting out of his breaks and back up to speed quickly.

Does a nice job picking his way through traffic and knows how to break down and tackle inside the box vs. the run game. However, my biggest complaint is that he will get caught overrunning angles, giving up far too many additional yards instead of properly breaking down and wrapping up on contact. Consistently sees his angle outrun when asked to break down in space.

Impression: A physical kid who likes to throw his body around and showcases good overall instincts when asked to find the football. However, his lack of ideal range and fluidity out of his breaks will limit his effectiveness at the next level. Looks more like a number three safety to me, but has some starting potential.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Quinton Carter is a mid round safety prospect, who could get picked earlier due to a weak safety class. Not great in coverage, but very physical, good in run support. Will make the big hit over the middle. Better when play is in front of him, not good when he has to backpedal. Good range, very smart and aggressive. His coverage limitations will probably limit him to a backup role. He can play a Deon Grant role, as almost a third linebacker. Great in run support, can do some things in coverage. Is he a fit for the Giants? Maybe. Depends on how they use him. If they expect him to be a starter, than no. But as a backup, could be a nice fit.


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