NFL Website Chooses UGA LB As Draft Prospect Who Will Exceed High Expectations In 2017
Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter surprised most of Dawg Nation when he decided to forgo the 2017 NFL draft and return to Athens for his senior year.
Lorenzo Carter entered Georgia as a highly coveted, five-star linebacker out of Norcross, Ga. After a heated recruiting battle, he committed to the Dawgs on National Signing Day in 2014. The No. 1 rated player in the state, Carter has shown flashes of brilliance during his UGA career, but has lacked a consistency of play required by the coaching staff.
That brilliant play and consistency came together in the last part of the 2016 season. The 6’6″, 243-pound athlete appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts. He finished with 44 total stops, tying for team lead in quarterback sacks with five and ranked second on the team in pressures with 13. He had a season-best eight tackles vs. Georgia Tech and in the Liberty Bowl win, was credited with seven stops and two forced fumbles,
His ability to turn the corner, convert speed to power and use his length to force two fumbles against the Horned Frogs showed his potential as a force on the edge. Remember when former Bulldog Leonard Floyd was drafted by the Bears in the top 10 two years ago? Carter could be just as coveted with a strong senior season.