Maryland linebacker Jermaine Carter is one of 30 2018 NFL Draft prospects who will meet with the Eagles in Philadelphia for an official pre-draft visit, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com. (Hat tip BGN reader @Anthony_DiBona.)
The 23-year-old Carter measured in at 6-1, 222 pounds at Maryland’s pro day. Pauline also reports Carter tested well with a 4.69 40-yard dash and a 34.5 inch vertical.
Carter finished his four-year Terrapins playing career with 320 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, one interception, and one defensive touchdown. This is another example of the Eagles showing interest in players who were very productive in college, which is something Joe Douglas seemingly values a lot.
Carter projects to be a late Day 3 pick or an undrafted rookie free agent. The Eagles could bring him in as a special teams contributor who competes for a backup job at middle linebacker. He seems to fit the mold of a Stephen Tulloch linebacker preferred by Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz: a squatty run-stuffer who is tough and gives a lot of effort.
Scouting report via NFL Draft Bible:
Short, stocky, high-motor backer who will need to kick inside at the next level due to his size and speed limitations. Hard hitter who rises to the occasion and elevates his game in the clutch—the heart and soul of the Terrains defense and two-time team captain. A solid wrap up tackler who excels against the run and bull-rushes the gap with great anticipation. While he has shown some quickness on the edge, physically he doesn’t check off all the boxes to remain outside at the next level. Will finish his collegiate career with nearly 30 starts in the B1G, while facing plenty of NFL caliber opponents. He also started and starred one season at Friendship Collegiate Academy before transferring to Maryland. He could be an asset stuffing the run but there are many similar players currently sitting on the pro free agent market. He does have a chance to be an impact player at the CFL level, if he chooses to pursue that route.
In addition to hosting Carter on a pre-draft visit, the Eagles are reportedly set to put potential first-round pick D.J. Moore through a private workout. (Note that workouts and visits are different. Teams aren’t permitted to work out players during official visits.)
Moore could potentially be in play at pick No. 32. Read more about him via this BGN profile from Michael Kist.
Moore is a Philadelphia native. As such, he wouldn’t count against the Eagles’ limit of 30 visits if the team does decide to bring him to the facility.
He does have an official visit scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys. Maybe he’ll show them his cool tattoo.
DJ Moore showing love for his city with a skyline tattoo on his forearm. pic.twitter.com/1xqYGOT3pi— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 28, 2018
Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Maryland LB Jermaine Carter
Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith - [Click here]
Iowa C James Daniels - [Click here]
Miami TE Chris Herndon - [Click here]
South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard - [Click here]
San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny - [Click here]
Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor - [Click here]
Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain - [Click here]
Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch - [Click here]
Stanford S Justin Reid - [Click here]
LSU RB Derrius Guice - [Click here]
LSU CB Donte Jackson - [Click here]