2023 mock NFL Draft 3.0: Final 11th-hour edition (with trades)

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Jalen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs
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814. . Defensive Tackle. Bulldogs . Jalen Carter. 5. player

On the clock: Pick No. 5: Seattle Seahawks – Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Mock Draft 1.0 – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Mock Draft 2.0 – Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter is a prospect that sorts people into two camps. One camp sees his exceptional talent and ability to be an anchor in the middle of any defensive line for a decade or more, while the other sees the multitudes of red flags and has him scrubbed clean of any draft boards.

What is probable is the problems that Carter faced won’t end up affecting his draft stock. Carter faced potentially losing his NFL career before it started for charges stemming from a drag racing incident that killed two people, but a police investigation cleared him of the most serious charges and he instead pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors of reckless driving and racing.

Nonetheless, the bad judgment from Carter, showing up to his Pro Day so overweight that he couldn’t finish the workout and previous concerns over his work ethic and overall production have some worrying that he could be a potential bust waiting to happen.

An excellent size at 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds, his physical talents are pretty apparent. An incredibly powerful player who can tie up double team blocks and move past single blockers with ease, Carter recorded 32 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defended.

Carter will need to grow up a lot as he enters the league, but he enters the NFL in a good spot in this mock. The Seattle Seahawks are a very common landing spot for Carter and head coach Pete Carroll is well-known as a no-nonsense guy in the league. It’s going to be a risk, but well worth the reward.