Jan 9, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) chases TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) during the third quarter of the CFP national championship game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
- Odds have been posted on which team will select Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter in the NFL Draft
- The Seattle Seahawks are +400 favorites
- A look at Jalen Carter’s NFL Draft odds can be found below with a prediction
Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter might be the best player available in the NFL Draft – and the most controversial.
Carter was charged with reckless driving and racing charges in connection with an automobile accident that killed a teammate and recruiting analyst just days after Georgia won its second consecutive CFP championship in January.
After not working out at the NFL Combine, Carter failed to impress at Georgia’s pro day. Scouts said he looked heavy and listless.
The Seattle Seahawks are the favorites to select Carter at +400 in the NFL Draft odds.
Jalen Carter NFL Draft Odds
|Las Vegas Raiders
|New York Jets
|New England Patriots
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Los Angeles Chargers
|Green Bay Packers
|New York Giants
|New Orleans Saints
|Kansas City Chiefs
|San Francisco 49ers
|Los Angeles Rams
The Seahawks have an implied probability of 20% of drafting Carter at +400 odds.
In the NFL Draft odds, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud is a -300 favorite to be chosen first overall by the Carolina Panthers. The draft will be held from April 27-29 in Kansas City, Mo.
Odds as of March 30th at DraftKings.
Who Is Jalen Carter?
Carter was a first-team Associated Press All-American in 2022 when he had 32 tackles – seven for loss — along with three sacks, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He was slowed by knee and ankle injuries.
Carter had a total of six sacks in three collegiate seasons.
Talk about Jalen Carter’s performance at his @GeorgiaFootball pro day all you want. Watching him on the football field should remove any doubt. The guy can be a game wrecker for years to come. pic.twitter.com/z0BngdQo35
— Glenn Naughton (@JetsPicks) March 17, 2023
While his traditional statistics weren’t eye-popping, Pro Football Focus graded Carter as the fifth-best run stopper among FBS interior defenders last season and the No. 7 pass rusher.
At the combine, Carter was measured 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds with 33 ½-inch arms and 10 ¼-inch hands.
Carter entered a no-contest plea March 16 for the reckless driving and racing charges. He received 12 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, 80 hours of community service and was required to take a state-approved defensive driving test.
What Experts Think of Jalen Carter
Carter is universally considered the best defensive tackle/interior lineman prospect available in the draft.
NFL.com takes it a step further and ranks Carter as the No. 1 player available, regardless of position. Pro Football Focus ranks him second and The Athletic has him at No. 3 while Carter is 13th on ESPN’s list.
Is Jalen Carter the best defensive player in the 2023 Draft? 🐶 🤔pic.twitter.com/BBVHHEMf9r
— The Players’ Lounge (@ThPlayersLounge) March 29, 2023
NFL.com, The Athletic and ESPN all project Carter being drafted fifth overall by the Seattle Seahawks. PFF has him lasting to No. 7 and being selected by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Who Will Draft Jalen Carter?
The Seahawks make a lot of sense for Carter as they need to bolster their defensive line. Seattle was 25th in the NFL in total defense last season and ranked No. 30 against the run ahead of just the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.
The Texans have the second pick and Carter would be an idea fit. However, they almost certainly take a quarterback.
The Seahawks are the way to go at such a low price. However, the Arizona Cardinals could snag Carter at No. 3 and are worth at least a small wager at +1500.
Pick: Seahawks +400
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.