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Georgia Bulldog DL Jalen Carter Selected No. 9 Overall to the Eagles

April 27, 2023

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ATHENS - Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter was picked No. 9 Overall to the Eagles in the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City.

"Remember he got hurt in the first game against Oregon. He played out the season. He was a key part of their season. The scary thing about Jalen Carter is he has just scratched the surface of his ability. He is the best football player available in terms of pure football alone," ESPN's Mel Kiper said Thursday.

Jalen Carter is coming to an NFL stadium near you soon. After three seasons in Athens, Carter heads to the NFL with unquestioned talent, but plenty of questions about his off-the-field activities. Those questions lead to him slipping slightly down draft boards from what seemed like a possible No. 1 overall pick earlier this cycle

“Jalen fits a lot of (NFL) teams because he's a really good football player,” Kirby said Thursday.

Big and hostile to the offense, Carter has been one of the top college football players in the sport over the last two years. 

"If you are just picking guys playing football - you are taking Jalen Carter. He's a game wrecker,” Kirk Herbstreit said of Carter on Thursday afternoon before the Draft. 

With Carter on board, the Eagles now have +850 odds to win the Super Bowl next season according to FanDuel.

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2022 - Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter

Associated Press & Coaches' All-SEC First Team...played in 13 games, starting in nine...totaled 32 tackles and 31 QB hurries...finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s top seven tackles in win at Mississippi State...logged two tackles and a pair of QB hurries against TCU in the CFP National Championship Game...had four QB hurries against Ohio State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl...four tackles, a QB sack and six QB pressures in SEC Championship Game vs. LSU...had four tackles, a QB sack, another tackle for loss, and two forced fumbles in win over Tennessee...three tackles, 1.5 of which went for lost yardage, in win over Georgia Tech...had one solo tackle in season-opening win over No. 11 Oregon...had one tackle, batted down one pass and had three QB hurries in win over Samford...had a tackle, assist and a QB hurry in win at South Carolina...had one tackle and a QB hurry at Missouri before leaving the game because of injury...missed the Auburn and Vanderbilt games due to the same injury...returned from injury to play in win over Florida, getting one tackle and four QB hurries...Preseason All-America First Team by Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, as well as Athlon Sports...preseason All-SEC First Team, by Athlon and the media attending SEC Media Days...named to preseason watch lists for the Lott Trophy (nation’s top defender), Outland Trophy (nation’s top interior lineman) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defender)...named one of four co-captains for the Kentucky game.

2021 - Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter

Coaches’ All-SEC 2nd team...played in all 15 games, starting in wins over UAB and Kentucky, and finished with 37 tackles and 33 QB pressures, second-best on team...also had 3.0 QB sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss (3rd on team), and two blocked kicks: FG vs. Alabama (CFP Champ. Game) and PAT vs. of 20 players nationally with multiple placement kick blocks in six tackles in win over #11 Kentucky...had 2.5 TFLs vs. the Cats, also a career of those six tackles was a QB sack for 4-yard loss...named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts vs. eight QB pressures in win at #18 Auburn...two of his four solo tackles vs. Georgia Tech resulted in lost yardage...four stops in win over Florida, including an assisted QB sack for a 6-yard loss...had two tackles in season-opening win vs. #3 Clemson, including a QB sack for an 8-yard loss...also added three QB pressures...also a key blocker on Georgia’s first TD rush in win over Arkansas.

2020 - Georgia Bulldogs DL Jalen Carter

Played in all 10 games, starting vs. Florida and South Carolina...finished with 14 total stops, three for lost yardage, and 13 QB pressures...season-high three tackles vs. Tennessee and again at South Carolina...also blocked a Gamecock PAT, the first such block by a UGA player since 2015...had two tackles, one for lost yardage, and two QB hurries in win over Miss. State...credited with one solo tackle for a 1-yard loss and also had a QB pressure in win at of three UGA defenders to score touchdowns during the season, but the only one to score on offense...played as a running back in some goal-line offensive plays vs. Auburn and Tennessee...caught a 1-yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett in fourth quarter vs. UT.

Apopka (FL) DL Jalen Carter

Apopka HS, coached by Jeff Rolson...selected to participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-America composite five-star prospect, #18 player four-star prospect, ranked as the #12 prospect nationally, #3 DT nationally and the #5 prospect in Florida...ranked as the #53 prospect nationally, #6 defensive tackle nationally and the #9 prospect in Florida...PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, Top 150 Dream Team, #3DT, #65 prospect four-star prospect, ranked as the #49 prospect nationally, #4 DT nationally and the #23 prospect in Florida...played defensive tackle, tight end and punter for Apopka, leading the Blue Darters to a 12-1 record, No. 5 state ranking, and appearance in the FHSAA Class 8A Championship Game in his senior season...ranked as the top prospect in Central Florida on the Orlando Sentinel’s Super60 list...registered 64 total tackles (38 solo and 26 assists) including 12 sacks in his senior campaign...has been compared to former Apopka product and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp...also competed in basketball and weightlifting at Apopka, placing second in the FHSAA Class 2A heavyweight division with a bench press of 395 pounds...played against Georgia linebacker Rian Davis, who is also from Apopka and played at rival Wekiva High School.

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