New York Giants: Grades for all six draft picks
By Henry Buggy
Lorenzo Carter – Grade: A-
Through Gettleman’s first three selections, one thing was clear. The G-Men were getting great value with their picks.
After getting a steal in the second-round with Hernandez, the Giants selected Georgia outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound edge rusher was expected to come off the board in the second-round, and Gettleman even contemplated moving up for the Bulldogs prospect.
Fortunately for New York’s first-year general manager, Carter fell to the Giants at No. 66 overall.
The Giants get an A- grade for the draft selection. Carter has a high ceiling at the next level but was unable to live up to high expectations in Athens. It’s not as though he didn’t make plays for the Bulldogs. He just lacked consistency.
At the same time, Carter had some of his best performances under the brightest lights. He shined in both the Rose Bowl and National Championship and looks like a perfect fit for Bettcher’s defense.
Carter is best suited to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 front but spoke his experience playing multiple different positions in college, via New York’s team website.
"“I feel like I can fit into a lot of systems, especially being at Georgia, doing the things I did. I did some of everything. It wasn’t comfortable at first, it wasn’t what I really wanted to do, I wanted to pass rush. But being in that system, getting a chance to put my foot in the water, do a little bit of everything everywhere, I’m comfortable everywhere now. So, I’m comfortable in any defense. I’m just looking forward to getting there and getting a playbook.”"
If Carter had shown some more consistency during his collegiate career, this could have been another A grade. Then again, if Carter had lived up to the expectations in Athens, he likely wouldn’t have been available in the third-round.