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Rams take Jerome Carter (S, FSU) in the Fourth Round
Position: Strong Safety
College: Florida State
Hometown: Lake City, Fla.
A hard-hitting rover, Carter was viewed as the Seminoles' leader on and off the field. He was voted defensive captain by his teammates in 2004, and not only called assignments for the secondary, but took on the role of mentoring younger players. Regarded as the most punishing tackler in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Carter guided a unit that was ranked seventh nationally in total defense and fourth nationally in scoring defense in 2004.
Carter attended Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) High where he was a two-time all-state first-team selection as a junior and senior. He was named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches and called one of the nation's top 25 players by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Report. Carter was selected the top prep player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun and was a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 squad.
He recorded 77 total tackles (50 solo) his senior season and also rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 avg) with 11 touchdowns, and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven more scores on offense. Carter was credited with 119 total tackles on defense while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense as a junior.
Carter was thrust into action as a true freshman, playing as a reserve strong safety in the first six games of 2001 before suffering a torn right knee anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined him for the second half of the season. He finished with 11 tackles (seven solo), one pass breakup and returned a blocked punt 12 yards for a touchdown. In 2002, Carter manned the rover position, starting 11 games. He finished third on the team with a career-high 94 tackles (60 solo), including a sack and three pass deflections.
Carter then started in his final 25 games as a Seminole. He registered 78 tackles (45 solo) with six stops for losses, two interceptions and two pass breakups as a junior in 2003. He capped his career in 2004 by posting 74 tackles (40 solo), a sack, 5½ stops behind the line of scrimmage, an interception and five pass deflections.
In 45 games at Florida State, Carter was credited with 257 tackles (152 solo), 2½ sacks for minus-13 yards and 14 stops for losses of 53 yards. He caused two fumbles, deflected 11 passes and intercepted three others while starting 36 contests. His 257 tackles were the most by any 2004 Florida State player.
Positives: Has a well-built, compact frame with good overall muscle development, long arms and thick legs … A willing tackler … Responsible leader on and off the field … Has good short-area quickness, strength and balance … Will stick his head in the pile and will come down and compete against the bigger blockers working inside the box … Shows the ability to track the ball through traffic … Takes just adequate angles to the ball, but can make adjustments on the move … Will face up and wrap, showing a decent feel to fit.
Gives good effort in run force, taking on the blocks with aggression to fill between the tackles … Best when playing close to the line of scrimmage, as he has the agility to slip blocks in space … Wraps upon contact and does a good job with his hands to keep blockers off his body.
Negatives: Better against the run, as he is late making proper reads in pass coverage … Does not show the foot quickness or hip snap to shadow receivers and lacks the agility to recover when beaten … Looks very choppy with his feet during backpedaling and is slow to turn, causing him to lose position … Has adequate awareness of receivers in zone coverage, but is often too late to jump on the ball … Takes extra steps in transition and will round his cuts … Lacks the burst to close and does a poor job of taking proper angles to the ball … Does not possess natural hands, struggling to adjust with his back to the ball … Bites on play action and is prone to taking false steps in pursuit … Tight in his hips and this allows receivers to beat him with fakes and double moves when working in space … Not a strong tackler, but will face up … Struggles to shed blocks, as he keeps his hands too close to his body rather than extending … Gets too reckless in his play, resulting in him over-pursuing the ball … Durability is a concern due to a rash of injuries and his shoulders need further medical evaluation.
2001 -- Missed the final five regular-season games and the Gator Bowl with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, undergoing surgery in December … Also had left knee arthroscopic surgery in late November.
2002 -- Fractured the fifth metacarpal on his left hand in early November, but did not miss any games.
2003 -- Underwent right shoulder surgery in mid-January.
2004 -- Had left shoulder arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in early February.
4.7 in the 40-yard dash … 268-pound bench press … 345-pound squat … 217-pound power clean … 4.29 20-yard shuttle … 31-inch vertical jump … 32½-inch arm length … 9¼-inch hands … Right-handed.
Attended Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) High, playing football for coach Danny Green … Two-time all-state first-team selection as a junior and senior … Named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches and chosen one of the nation's top 25 players by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Report … Selected the top player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun … Recorded 77 tackles (50 solo) on defense and rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 avg) with 11 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven scores on offense his senior season … Credited with 119 tackles on defense while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense as a junior.
Social Science major … Born Oct. 25, 1982 … Resides in Lake City, Fla.
Hometown: Lake City, Fla.
High School: Columbia High School
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 219
At Florida State: Should contend for All-America and All-ACC honors as a senior rover in 2004...returns to his starting role where he has earned a reputation as a fierce tackler...an honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2003... has played in 30 games over his first three years...has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks during his three-year career...Florida State's leading returning career tackler with 183 career stops...has played two consecutive BCS Bowl games (Sugar in 2002 and Orange in 2003) and was a starter in the Orange Bowl...shared the defensive big hitter award following spring practice in 2001...won the leadership award for the defense following spring practice in 2004... turned in the highlight of the 2004 spring game with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Junior Year (2003): All-ACC Honorable Mention selection ...started all 13 games for the Seminoles including the Orange Bowl against Miami... finished fourth on the team and second among defensive backs with 78 tackles...recorded his season-high of nine tackles against both Miami (during the regular season) and Virginia...had eight tackles against Clemson and seven each against North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest...first career interception came against Clemson in Death Valley...a first quarter interception of Miami's Brock Berlin set up Florida State's first touchdown of the Orange Bowl against the Hurricanes...returned the interception 30 yards.
Sophomore Year (2002): Started 11 games while playing in all 14 including in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia...third on the team in tackles with a career-high 94 stops...the only defensive back to record double figure tackles in a game and he accomplished the feat three times -- against Louisville, Georgia Tech and NC State...had a career-high 13 stops against Georgia Tech, 11 against NC State and 10 against Louisville...also the only defensive back to record a quarterback sack...single-game career high seven unassisted tackles against Louisville and NC State...top assisted tackle total of seven came at Georgia Tech that helped him gain his career-high of 13 total tackles.
Freshman Year (2001): Played in six games on both special teams and at the safety/rover position...was one of 12 true freshmen to earn playing time...missed the final five games of the regular season and the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over Virginia Tech because of a knee injury...underwent surgery to repair his right knee in December of 2001...credited with 11 total tackles (seven unassisted) while recording one pass break-up...four tackles came in Florida State's victory over Wake Forest...blocked a punt by Duke in first career game and returned it for 12-yards for a touchdown... recorded his season-high of six total tackles and his season-high of four unassisted tackles against Duke.
High School: Graduated from Columbia High School in 2001...two-time all-state first-team selection as a junior and senior...named the Class 5A Player of the Year as a senior by the Florida Association of Coaches...named as one of the nation's top 25 players by Max Emfinger who also included him on his national Nifty 150 list...named as the third best prep safety in the nation by BorderWars.com...named the top prep player in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun...named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times Union...named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution...of the top 100 players in the nation by Rivals100.com...recorded 77 total tackles (50 unassisted) on defense his senior season...rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.8 yards per carry) scored 11 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns on offense his senior season...credited with 119 total tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1982...major is social science.
School: Florida St.
Ht., Wt.: 5-11.5, 220
40 Time: 4.55
Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round 4, pick 16 (117 overall) Grading System
BIO: Three-year starter and previous All-Conference player who posted 74/1/3 as a senior after almost identical numbers of 78/2/2 during his junior campaign.
POSITIVES: Physically imposing defensive back with solid size/speed numbers. Good athlete who displays range with the ability to make plays in any direction of the field. Explosive defending the run, squares into ballcarriers and a good open-field tackler. Defeats blocks, outstanding in run defense and quickly closes on the action. Improved his skill in coverage and somewhat effective facing the quarterback.
NEGATIVES: Gets sucked up the field by the play-action pass. Slow turning around to make a play on the pass in coverage and does a bit of face guarding.
ANALYSIS: A hard-hitting defender who flashes on the scene, Carter is best playing downhill against the run. Showed flashes of ability in coverage last year and offers potential in a zone or cover-two system where his man-to-man assignments are kept to a minimum.
PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round
Sounds like special teams pick to me...
Re: Rams take Jerome Carter (S, FSU) in the Fourth Round
Sounds like Arch's back up. Should be good on ST. I hope with all of these S picks our ST is vastly improved this season.JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
"HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"Adm. William "Bull" Halsey
Re: Rams take Jerome Carter (S, FSU) in the Fourth Round
I like the looks of this guy. I think he'll be a good one.