Georgia star defensive lineman Jalen Carter is a top prospect in the 2023 NFL draft after a dominant career in Athens.
In December, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said there were character issues with Carter.
“With Carter, there are some character issues. Does he get along with everybody.
What’s he like to deal with in the locker room, those sorts of issues” McShay said on ESPN. “I know it’s early in the process,
but I’m forewarning everybody out there. Carter is going to be a hot-button name when we talk about some of the intangible aspects.
I think Pete Carroll (and the Seattle Seahawks) at No. 2, who has a long of history taking guys with questionable character,
and then developing them and having them work out, that would make a lot of sense to me.”
This was a surprise to DawgNation and Georgia players alike. Multiple Bulldogs, including graduate tight end Ryland Goede,
spoke out on the supposed issues mentioned by McShay on ESPN.
Bruce Feldman of The Athletic dived deeper into Carter’s character by speaking with UGA’s Weston Wallace,
a walk-on who transitioned from the offensive line to defensive line last season.